Crushed and chilled to tanker in McLaren Vale and then in the Hunter Valley within 24 hours, static 5 tonne fermenters and pumped over 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 2,800 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 dry lead up the 2018 harvest through spring and over the 17/18 summer, resulting in lower crops and earlier ripening. Things really sped up with the heat during 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.