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. This wine has been matured in 100% French oak, and the largest parcel in a new 2,500 litre Francois cask.
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 very dry lead up the 2015 harvest through spring and over the 14/15 summer, resulting in lower crops and earlier ripening. Things really sped up with a heat wave through most of February. Luckily, both of our Shiraz vineyards are on deep sand over clay and held up well, in bottle at 14% alcohol.
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.