The Winter & Spring of 2009 delivered the best rainfall in 5 years. This early cool, wet growing season was followed by a 9 day heat event, with windy weather, early November. Warm and mild weather characterised the remainder of the growing season with dry days & cool nights providing ideal ripening conditions. Both House & Hill blocks were harvested on 2nd March. Yields were 12% above average given the ideal growing season.
The 2 parcels of House & Hill block shiraz grapes, picked on 2nd March 2010, 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 24 months before blending and bottling in April 2012 to ensure bottle maturation before retail release.
Colour: deep crimson
Nose: Intense blackberry, dark plum aromas
Palate: concentrated and generous blackberry, dark cherry, plum & dark chocolate flavours balanced by velvety tannins and savoury oak complexity delivering texture and structure on the long, persisting palate.
Vital Statistics: ALC 14% | pH: 3.51 | Ta: 7.25 | RS: 2.6 g/L
The wine was matured for 24 months in French hogsheads. Still medium to full-bodied, it has marked fragrance, the texture and structure with real finesse, although there is plenty of oak on display. Rating 95. James Halliday 2015 Australian Wine Companion
2014 Marananga Wine Show Judges Comments “ Black fruit, Lovely, very complex. Bright. Balanced. Lovely fruit. Graphite, poised, refined. Structure, great balance fruit. Smart.”