2015 Indigo Vineyard Shiraz
CRU $346.50 SVC $326.70
93 Points - JamesSuckling.com 2016
Processing started with 3-4 day cold soaking and then a 4-5 day ferment with hand plunging. Maturation was for 12 months in a new 2800L French oak cask, giving beautifully integrated oak.
Along with clonal selected cuttings, we now have Selection Massale Shiraz. These cuttings were taken from the Graveyard, Rayner and Wade Block 2 vineyards and Seville Estate. We had enough fruit to vinify as separate batches and then each barrel tasted to give a final small bottling of our Indigo Vineyard Shiraz. Every wine country and region has an ongoing debate over the pros and cons of selection massale versus clonal selection. The latter gives a vineyard of identical genetic make-up as opposed to the historic but random nature of the grape genetic material in massale. The ‘State of Origin’ block on the Graveyard Vineyard mirrors the Indigo planting and future comparisons are keenly awaited. Beechworth is a very important region for us and the vineyard is back in prime condition following the frost event of October 2013. An excellent winter and spring of 2014 leading up to a fine summer with some rain in mid-January but not enough to cause any concern.
Red meat dishes and cheese.
Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.