2010 McLaren Vale Shiraz
The 2010 growing season was somewhat a relief after two previous vintages of extreme heat. Temperatures were moderate during key periods which allowed the vines to ripen at an even pace & retain acidity while accumulating sugar & flavour.
The nose carries a fragrant multi layered bouquet of dark fruit, anise, black pepper & chocolate over highlights of oak driven spice. The concentration & intensity of the palate is the epitome of fine Vale Shiraz & speaks directly of the deep layered earth in which it grows. Impeccable structure from beginning to end, this wine has many great years ahead.
Harvested by both hand & machine to allow 15% whole bunches to be included in the fermentation. Left on skins for 24 days for fine tannin extraction before maturing in oak for 22 months. Un-fined & minimal sulphur used to preserve the wine.
Wild yeast fermented & handmade with minimal intervention from vine to bottle.
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Shirvington Vineyards - Redwind Vineyard.
Only 414 dozen produced. Available as follows:
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