2015 Growing Season experienced so many sequential days of perfect grape growing weather and has been one of the earliest harvests on record. Plentiful winter rains in 2014 were vital for the 2015 harvest. Large canopies, moderate yields and ideal ripening conditions encouraged an earlier than usual harvest free of disease.
The early harvested wines from 2015 sustained great natural acidity, ripe tannins with bright fruit flavours and spice. Another season remarkable for delivering naturally balanced wines without testing alcohols nor over ripe flavours. A very good vintage with many wines likely to demonstrate great cellaring potential.
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.
A complex, balanced wine that is layered with dark fruit and red cedar. Rich aromas of black berries, liquorice, plum, caramel and fig are evident. On the palate, fruit cake richness, savoury spice and dusty persistent tannins provide a refreshing display of Shiraz flavours.