JH 90 points, Bronze Medal – 2013 Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition
Grape Variety :: Shiraz
Region :: Coonawarra
Harvest :: 8 th March – 4 th April, 2013
pH :: 3.33 Acidity :: 6.91g/L RS :: 2.4g/L Alc/vol :: 13.5%
Vintage :: Good winter rainfall led into a warm and dry spring.These dry conditions continued right through the growing season which in turn produced and earlier than normal start to vintage. These conditions produced red wines that have great colour and fine tannins.
Oak Maturation :: Approximately 20% of this wine was aged in a combination of older French and American oak barrels for ten months.
Food Matching :: Perfect with Moroccan-spiced lamb cooked on the barbeque, with a Greek salad or pepper-spiced beef stir-fry with Hokkien noodles.
Colour :: Deep plum with vibrant purple tinges.
Nose :: Intense dark berry fruit, blackberry and dark cherry. Lifted nose of violets with hints of cloves and spiced plum. Subtle tones of dark chocolate, vanilla and liquorice enhance the vibrant fruit.
Palate :: A generous palate of vibrant raspberry, hints of chocolate and pepper spice. Subtle vanillian oak characters enhance the fruit characters with soft lingering tannins rounding out the finish.
This wine offers terrific value from the heart of Coonawarra. Laden with raspberry and plum fruits with pepper and spice overtones, the gentle oak flavours of sweet vanilla add complexity and depth.
One third of the wine matures in a combination of American and French oak for approximately 6 months. This adds just enough oak to impart firm structure as a young wine, as well as the ability to age well over the medium term.
Winemaker Wayne Stehbens