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2018 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz

2018 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz

Hunter Valley, NSW

Wine of the Year - 2021 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
Varietal Winner - 2021 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
99 Points  - 2021 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

Perfect bright mid density colour with purple tints just adding to the appeal. The use of large format French oak allows the red spice and bramble of the Hunter Shiraz fruit to shine. Initial palate is very supple and complete, giving a lovely flow from start to finish. The importance of acidity can never be underestimated as this underpins the structure. It is a juicy acidity and in complete harmony with the ripe tannins and perfectly balanced oak to make this one of the great Graveyards.

Rated by the Langton's Classification of Australian Wine V as Exceptional.

CRU $1837.50   SVC $1732.50

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Wine Specs
10-15 years
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Wine Profile
Wine of the Year - 2021 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Varietal Winner - 2021 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 99 Points - 2021 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion
Vineyard Notes
Processing started with a 3 day cold soak, then a 4-5 day ferment at 24-26C. The vineyard is on heavy clay soil which gives great fruit concentration with tannin structure and direction. The oak regime for this wine is 100% French, no new oak.
Winemaker Comments
Understandably some excitement surrounding the release of this wine. Being awarded James Halliday’s 2021 Wine of the Year is a massive achievement. Tasting the wine, it is easy to see why. A wine of great poise, sharing a pedigree with the celebrated 2014, 1998 and 1986 Graveyard vintages. This is a very, very good Shiraz. Winter and early Spring of 2017 was dry, with only 19mm of rain falling over the months of July to September. This set a low crop but things evened out with 250mm from October to December. There was concern that we were looking down the barrel of a wet harvest but a historically dry and temperate January resulted in a near perfect ripening period. The old vines of Graveyard were harvested in the first week of February in pristine condition. An effortless high quality vintage.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with Osso bucco or slow roasted lamb shoulder.

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