The wines produced from the vintage of 2014 are excellent. The weather conditions during spring and early summer were dry and above average heat degree-days regulated shoot growth and berry development. By mid February and well into veraison, soil moisture levels were extremely low but a record-breaking rain event replenished the soils. The weather conditions that followed were ideal. ‘Balanced’ probably best describes most wines from our harvest this year.
This is a blend of our families three estate vineyards,aptly named Shiraz Shiraz Shiraz. The three sites are located on the western ridge of Barossa Valley, in the sub districts of Marananga and Seppeltsfield. The gentle rugged terrain gives rise to unique growing aspects together with the oldest soils of Barossa Valley. This wine brings about complexity derived from blending, it delivers a persistent yet very smooth palate.
Early harvesting helps retain freshness, natural acidity and encourages a balanced wine without the higher alcohol. The fruit was destemmed into 6600 litre oak vats with 7% of the fruit retained as wholebunch. After a warm 10 – 14 day ferment, the wine was pressed, racked off gross lees and allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation [MLF] in the same large oak vats used to ferment the wine. Following MLF the wines were racked, sulphured and élevaged for a further 10 months in the large oak vats before the final blend was assembled and bottled.