2009 Shiraz

A powerful, complex yet balanced and elegant wine from the smallest Balthazar vintage on record. Winner of THE LYNAS VALLEY FORD TROPHY for Best Mature Dry Red Shiraz, Class 11.

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The 2009 growing season was hot and dry, characterised by well below average rainfall with no rain falling in January & February 2009 and a 2 week heatwave early February. The first rain event of 2009 preceeded harvest of the House Block on 5th & the Hill Block on 6th March. Yields were significantly down by 46% on average, though the smaller size & number of bunches meant above-average intensity of colour and flavour.

The 2 parcels of House & Hill block shiraz grapes were vinified separately in small, open-top, temperature controlled fermenters for 7 days & pumped over twice daily.

Racked into premium 33% new and 66% seasoned French oak hogsheads, the 2 components were matured for 25 months before blending and bottling in May 2011 to ensure bottle maturation before retail release.

Closure: Screwcap

Colour: bright crimson
Nose: concentrated dark red berry fruits
Palate: juice dark berry fruit flavours ; spice, savoury balanced with great depth and length on the palate with long tannins persisting.
Vital Statistics: ALC 14.8% | pH: 3.46 | Ta: 7.20 | RS: 4.0 g/L
Cellar: 2030

Dense purple-crimson; from the 24.93ha estate vineyard in the highly regarded Marananga subregion, and spent 25 months in predominantly French oak hogsheads; it has power and focus to the cascade of black fruits on the medium to full-bodied palate, yet retains balance and a certain elegance. Rating 95. James Halliday 2014 Australian Wine Companion

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