Machine harvested, crushed and chilled to tanker in McLaren Vale and then in the Hunter Valley within 24 hours, open 3-4 tonne fermenters and hand plunged twice per day. Pressed to oak just
before the end of fermentation.
In a departure from the previous Rayner Vineyard Shiraz, this has been matured in 100% French oak and the largest parcel a new 2,500 litre Francois Frere cask.
A welcome return of one of our most iconic Single Vineyard wines. Previously made between 1993 and 2007, the Shiraz grapes for this wine are not from the 1950 plantings but from a block right next door and planted in the early 1990s. A feature of the vineyard, which is just outside the town of McLaren Vale in South Australia, is the deep sand over clay soils.
A warm to hot vintage was experienced in McLaren Vale with two heat waves, one in January and one in February. The vintage was aided by February rain and cooler temperatures ensured slower ripening.
Pairs well with beef fillet and osso bucco.
Drinking well now in its youth but will develop into a lovely mature dry red over medium to long term cellaring.