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.
Sufficient winter rainfall in 2020 saw the vines off to a good budburst and crop set. We received 140mm of rain in January which delayed the start of picking but the weather cleared from then on, with
harvest commencing under clear skies.
Red meat dishes and cheese.
Processing started with 3-4 day cold soaking and then a 4-5 day
ferment with a combination of hand plunging and gentle pump overs. Maturation was for 10 months in French oak puncheons, giving
beautifully integrated oak.
Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.