Tasted July 2020 – Dylan Arvidson – Winemaker
Dark forest fruit, black forest cake, some bay leaf notes, earthy, cranberry and raspberry, some older cedar notes with a touch of smoky savoury notes, tannins are chalky with a nice touch of grip, nice length and fruit power. Drinking now and over the next few years.
Viticulture: The vineyard is grown naturally using organic biological principals. Employing seaweed and fish emulsion foliar fertilisers plus elemental sulphur and copper sprays for disease prevention. Nothing is wasted, grape must is composted, mulched and mixed with manures then returned to the vineyard floor. Cover crops of clover, peas and rye grass are grown between the vines which provide nitrogen and green mulch. Canopy management is vital, hedging and leaf plucking are used to control exposure to sunlight and further our effort to deliver perfectly ripe, balanced grapes to the winery. The Shiraz grapes were picked on April 14th and 19th.
2005 Vintage:The dry and cool growing season produced fruit with very good natural acidities, good colour and flavour. The abundance of Marri Blossom kept bird damaged fruit to a minimum. At the end of March there was an unusual burst rain with a total rainfall of 75mm. The Shiraz had time to develop additional flavours before harvest.
2005 Red Vintage Rating 9/10
Technical Data: Alc. 14.00 % pH 3.54 TA 5.3g/L
Vinification – The grapes were destemmed and placed in two open fermenters. Innoculated with a neutral yeast and the cap plunged up to four times a day, by hand. After 10 days the wine was drained and the must basket pressed off to tank where it underwent a malolactic fermentation which softens the acid. The wine was then racked to a mix of 50% new and 50% one and two year old French barriques. Then left to mature for 12 months. Blended and bottled in August 2006.
Awards and Reviews:
“A rich dense ruby colour with heaps of charry oak makes this style a must for lovers of rich fruit and oak with refinement. A very stylish wine that’s lovely to drink now, but with the excellent 2005 vintage showing through, it will repay short-term cellaring. It shows more richness than its southern peers, with more oak than spice” Gold Medal Scoop Magazine Big Red Tasting
Youthful and fresh; vibrant colour, blackberry fruits and contrasting savoury finish. 92/100 James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion2008 Cellar to 2020
Bronze Medal – Cairns Wine Show
Bronze Medal – Qantas Wine Show of WA
Bronze Medal – Boutique Wines of Australia
Bronze Medal – Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Bronze Medal – Perth Royal Wine Show
Bronze Medal – Royal Hobart Wine Show