2016 has been phenomenal, despite the dry season our approach to sustainable wine grape growing has ensured this harvest was overflowing with great fruit quality. The season was challenging, a result of prolonged dry periods and a warm December but we had few days above 40oC and then a much needed rain event came late in January. This was the turning point of our vintage, as the exhausted vineyards inhaled the relief of 48mm of rain, the vines were now set, absorbing the light to bring on the flavours and textures to see way for another great harvest.
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 concrete and open top fermenters, 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 oak. Following MLF the wines were racked, sulphured and élevaged for a further 15 months in seasoned French hogsheads before the final blend was assembled and bottled.