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.
A very cold and wet winter of 2015 meant a late budburst, however this set the vines up for a great spring. A warm summer did mean irrigation was necessary and picking was very condensed. The last grapes off were nearly a month ahead of previous years, however this worked in our favour as there was a heat wave in early March. Overall, an excellent vintage.