Production – 275 dozen / 3300 bottles
Colour: Deep crimson with purple hues.
Nose: An elegant Margaret River Shiraz with luscious raspberry and black cherry, white pepper notes with a touch of Chinese five spice.
Palate: Juicy red fruits, ripe plum and raspberry with plush long fine tannins, medium to full body, a touch of vanillin, good length and intensity.
Harvest: The Shiraz grapes were picked on March 20th.
Vinification: The grapes were picked in the cool of the morning, destemmed and placed in two open fermenters. Inoculated with a Rhone yeast and the cap plunged up to four times a day, by hand. Delestage took place over two days to enhance extraction and build structure. After 8 days primary ferment finished and the wine was kept on extended skins for a further fourteen days. Post maceration the must was drained and basket pressed off to tank where it underwent a malolactic fermentation which helps soften the acid. The wine was then racked to a mix of 50% new and 50% one and two year old French barriques, and left to mature for 12 months. Blended and bottled in July 2016.
Technical Data: Alc. 13.9 % pH 3.62 TA 5.8 g/l
2015 Vintage: Margaret River vineyards produced lower than expected grape yields across all varieties in vintage 2015. The cause can be traced back to adverse weather conditions that affected primordial bud formation, followed by a-typical cool and unsettled conditions in November and December 2014 which impacted flowering and fruit set. Winter was warmer than usual. Disease pressure was minimal, although birds such as Silver Eyes were a problem due to the delayed blossoming of marri flowers so the vineyard was netted. Once again the quality was exceptional.
Vintage Rating 9/10
Awards and Reviews:
91 points – Gary Walsh – The Wine Front July, 2017
Margaret River Shiraz is rarely my thing, but they’re often attractive wines nevertheless.
Liquorice and coffee, dark berries and a some spice/pepper. Medium to full bodied, berries and mocha, richness and grainy tannin, pulling dry on the finish, and yet kind of slippery and glycerol before that. Juicy and pretty good.
92 points – Ray Jordan – The West Australian Wine Guide 2018
Shiraz has been a consistent performer from this vineyard, and this is another excellent wine displaying the distinctive savoury, dry, dusty characters of Margaret River, but with a balancing plump, fleshy opulence. A delightfully friendly wine of poise and presence. Seamless integration with grainy tannins and a gravelly palate texture. Cellar 10 years.
91 points – James Halliday -Wine Companion Website 2018 – 1st August 2018
While there is no doubt as to the cabernet post code of Margaret River, shiraz is still widely planted. Violet, blue fruits, anise and bitter chocolate parade around this ample wine, spraying some pepper grind and a weave of nicely positioned oak tannins across the finish.