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2010 Shiraz

$29.99 each

Shiraz planted at the base of the vineyard thrives less than 100 metres from the sea and only 10 metres above sea level. Tough growing conditions on black ‘Bay of Biscay’ clay and minimal water produces small berries packed with ripe plum, blueberry and mulberry flavours. Our prized ‘top block’ grows at 25 metres in the shadow of Sugarloaf Hill. These younger vines span a sandy loam hillside scattered with rich alluvial granite and ironstone fragments. The Shiraz produced is elegantly cool climate in style with black and red berry flavours, layers of spice and complexity. Fruit from both blocks is high in demand and most is sold to Penfold’s for inclusion in St. Henri or Bin 389.

Selectively handpicked parcels from each block are pressed into traditional open fermenters and cold soaked (chilled to around 5°C) to maximise colour extraction. Primary fermentation on skins is followed with gentle pump overs and drain and returns to enhance the already abundant flavour profile. The Shiraz is gently pressed into barrel to complete malolactic fermentation then racked off lees and returned to oak. Unhurried maturation in the finest French oak for at least three years allows a gradual integration of fruit and oak characters. Bottling without filtration retains significant flavour and texture but sometimes also sediment - decanting is recommended. Extended bottle ageing ensures the wine is ready to enjoy on release. We expect it will continue to age gracefully with good cellaring.

Shiraz Medal Tally

  • Recommended Decanter World Wine Awards (London)
  • 2 SILVER Medals including London International Wine & Spirit Competition
  • 11 BRONZE Medals including London International Wine & Spirit Competition & Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition
Winemaker: Mike Brown Viticulturalist: Craig Willcocks
Alcohol: 14.5 % alc by vol Acres: 9.2
Total Acidity: 7.2 g/L Elevation: 10 & 25 m above sea level
PH: 3.4 Soil Type: Bottom Block: Bay of Biscay Clay
Top Block: Sandy Loam/Schist/Ironstone

36 months
– 70% new French barriques
– 30% Old French hogsheads

Rainfall: 540 mm per annum
Production: Approx 1000 cases    

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A Minimum order of 12 bottles is required
Dozens may be mixed
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