2010 John Platter Wine Guide - 4 stars
The aim with this wine has been to make a classic styled Shiraz leaning more towards its European heritage. White pepper, violets, mulberry and smoky vanilla notes on the nose are backed up by a bracing freshness and dry, ripe tannins on the palate. A smoky, complex meat and spice character gives a long aftertaste.
Atleast 5 to 8 years ageing before this wine reaches its optimum drinkability.
In The Vineyard
Vineyard Size: 4 hectare
Soil Type: Malmesbury Shale on deep red clay
About The Harvest
Harvest Date: Mid March 2006
In The Cellar
Bunches hand sorted and de-stemmed. Fermentation in 6000 litre tanks with 3-4 pump-overs per day. 2 weeks maceration on skins followed by malolactic fermentation in barrel.
Maturation period: 14 months in 225 and 300 litre barrels.
30% New French Oak - Nevers, Allier; Medium Toasted
30% 2nd and 3rd Fill French Oak - Medium Toast
30% 2nd and 3rd Fill American Oak - Medium Toasted