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2021 Vegas Block Shiraz

2021 Vegas Block Shiraz
Wine of the Month (20% off)

Hunter Valley, NSW

A mid-density wine with purple tints from the 30% whole bunch/stalk technique used, which presents lifted, red cherry aromas and bramble notes. A very fragrant, pretty nose. French oak is in the background which adds another subtle layer. Silky tannins and the savoury fruit make for a very enjoyable Hunter Valley light dry red with persistent length.

CRU $393.75  I  SVC $371.25

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2021
Varietal
Shiraz
Acid
6.45 g/L
pH
3.45
Residual Sugar
0.45g/L
Alcohol %
13
Wine Profile
Vinification
All hand-picked fruit, processing started with a 3-day cold soak then 7 day ferment at 24-26C. Two tonne open fermenters were used, enabling a combination of hand plunging and pump overs to manage the cap. The wine was pressed off and run to oak for malolactic fermentation and maturation. Old French oak puncheons were selected with the wine maturing for 9 months before being bottle in January 2022.
Winemaker Comments
For Hunter Valley grape growers, pre-vintage discussion is all about the weather. A complete turnaround from the previous four dry years in the Hunter, with a firm La Nina cycle making for a wet season. Pokolbin had reached its annual rainfall by the end of October and we ended up receiving 1030mm for 2020. It is difficult to recall a year where we have been closer to the edge of disaster in the Hunter Valley, with the prospect of not picking either whites or reds becoming a real possibility with a few more wet days in late December. Thankfully the sun came out and handpicking this fruit has resulted in fine, fragrant Shiraz. This is a Single Vineyard, block specific Shiraz from the Graveyard Vineyard. This particular block sits on the southern end by the McDonald’s Road and Thompson’s Road corner. The wine derived its name after being replanted several times over the last 40 years, resulting in a lot of money having being spent, just like a trip to Las Vegas. We were very tempted to label it “Vega$” with the dollar sign for fun.
Food Pairing
Veal, duck and cheese.
Drink
Drinking well now but will age gracefully for many years.
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