2016 Distinction, Shiraz



Layered in fruit and flavour, the aromatics are brimming with black forest fruits, vanilla bean and liquorice.  The palate is full bodied; an underlying mocha and dark chocolate character compliments liquorice and cedar notes. Combine these with dusty tannins and a persistent long finish – just delicious. A wine that will benefit and reward with cellaring.

Vintage 2016
Vineyard Gnadenfrei
Varieties 100% Shiraz
Alcohol 14.5% / vol.
pH 3.64
Titratable Acidity 6.1g/L
Cellar Until 2036

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Category: SKU: ICDS14-1


Distinction is at the top of its field, it is limitless when measured by quality. Only released in great vintages, this wine is highest classified wine of its vintage.

This year the fruit was sourced from a Shiraz vineyard located on our Gnadenfrei Estate. The site is easterly facing and provides well balanced wines with fresh flavours supported by great natural acidity.
The conglomerate rock formations of pink quartzite and shallow red/brown clays provide an ideal environment for the vineyard to produce low yielding vines with intensely flavoured fruit.

The hand-harvested fruit is destemmed to an open top fermenter. The must is inoculated and allowed to ferment between 22-25ºC until dry. The cap is managed by pumping over twice daily without splashing and the occasional pigeage [traditional foot stomping]. Once primary fermentation has been completed the skins are retained to macerate for a further 14 days before being bag pressed and racked to 50% new and seasoned French oak. Following 18 months maturation, the wine was bottled and then bottled aged for a further 10 months.