2018 Basket Pressed Shiraz

$35.00

2018 Basket Pressed Shiraz

$35.00

Production – 420 dozen

Colour: Ruby red with purple hues.

Bouquet: Lifted violet florals with lashings of blackberry and mulberry fruits. Underlying balsamic soaked strawberries with a touch of espresso from the oak in the background.

Palate: Juicy blackberry, blueberry and mulberry compote with fresh black Doris plums. Underlying characters of cinnamon, clove and red liquorice. Mocha and lingering fine cocoa powder tannins give length from well integrated oak.

 

Awards and Reviews

“The gentle basket press approach has worked so well with this variety in this excellent vintage.  It has resulted in such a soft and beautifully palate-friendly wine.  Plummy spice notes with a hint of clove and dried herbs.  Has a vibrancy and energy that lifts the palate.  A very contemporary style.  Cellar 11 years”  93/100  Ray Jordan

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Production – 420 dozen

Colour: Ruby red with purple hues.

Bouquet: Lifted violet florals with lashings of blackberry and mulberry fruits. Underlying balsamic soaked strawberries with a touch of espresso from the oak in the background.

Palate: Juicy blackberry, blueberry and mulberry compote with fresh black Doris plums. Underlying characters of cinnamon, clove and red liquorice. Mocha and lingering fine cocoa powder tannins give length from well integrated oak.

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 hand plunged up to four times a day.  Delestage, the gentle extraction of phenolic compounds by oxygenating the juice, took place over two days to enhance flavour 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 18 months. Blended and bottled in December 2019.

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.

Technical Data:   Alc. 13.2 %    pH 3.5   TA 6.2 g/l

2018 Vintage Rating 9/10: Flowering and fruit set in October and November indicated fantastic yields and our loamy soils benefited from rains in December which promoted excellent growth and lush canopies. January and February were cool without the 40°C heat spikes and this assisted steady ripening, producing bright white acids, aromatics and good flavours. The slower ripening has resulted in superb whites with excellent flavour profiles and natural acidity. An outstanding white vintage with good yields. The reds also benefited from the cooler ripening with better colour development and riper, softer tannins.

Awards and Reviews

“The gentle basket press approach has worked so well with this variety in this excellent vintage.  It has resulted in such a soft and beautifully palate-friendly wine.  Plummy spice notes with a hint of clove and dried herbs.  Has a vibrancy and energy that lifts the palate.  A very contemporary style.  Cellar 11 years”  93/100  Ray Jordan