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2011 HBA Shiraz
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2011 HBA Shiraz
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Hunter Valley, NSW / McLaren Vale, SA

At 12 years on release, the depth of colour is impressive with aged brick-red hues.Secondary characters are starting to show on the nose; iodine, sweet earthy notes plus dark chocolate complimented by the French Oak. The palate is fine and medium to full bodied with Christmas cake notes and a long core of fruit. The oak and fruit integration is seamless giving a long finish. A perfect example of an aged Australian Shiraz

No discount product. Limit of 2 bottles per person.

Wine Review
Good depth of brick-red colour, tawny on the edges and showing its age. The bouquet is very earthy and savoury, with Bonox/beef stock, some clean leather hints, the primary fruit all having mellowed away by now. The wine is medium-full bodied and again very savoury on the palate, with lovely silky texture and drink-me-now charm. A complex, fully mature wine that will appeal to lovers of aged reds.
- Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

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Wine Profile
For the Graveyard, a 3 day cold soak, 5 day ferment in open top fermenters, and malolactic fermentation in French oak. For the Wade, fermentation takes place in the same fermenters albeit 6 weeks later, over a 6 day period. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. Matured in one new and one 2 year old French oak barrel.
Winemaker Comments
The genesis for the blend lies with all the great regional blends made in Australia in the 40s, 50s and 60s. Master winemakers like O’Shea, Preece and Haselgrove knew that different regions offered different characters. Many have been fortunate enough 40 or 50 years later to taste these blends and are staggered by their sublime character. The Hardy’s Private Bin Burgundy was the best vat of the St Thomas Burgundy range, aged and then released later. This was a blend of usually just Hunter Shiraz and McLaren Vale Shiraz. These wines provided the inspiration for the HBA and when both the Hunter Valley and McLaren Vale have outstanding vintages, the combination of the two has to be rewarding.
Food Pairing
Pairs best with lamb or lighter meat dishes.
Will continue to age but is, importantly, ready to drink now.
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