2013 will go down as one of the really great years in this district, and our Shiraz meets all our expectations. Picked on 31 March at 13.7 Be, 3.65 pH and 6.15 TA, the fruit was in excellent condition. The fermentation was completed after 5 days and, after another 5 days on skins it was pressed into stainless steel to complete malolactic fermentation. It was then racked into freshly shaved French oak barriques, where it spent the next 9 months.
We felt the wine was ready for bottling even though it had spent a relatively short time in the barrels, and we were right. The wine displays beautiful raspberry and blackcurrant aromas on the nose and these combine with plums and chocolate on the palate to produce a rich, complex sensation. The finish is long, dry and clean. A really impressive wine by any standards.
13.7% Alc/Vol Approx 8.1 Standard Drinks Preservative (224) added.