This is a great example of Shiraz from the cooler regions of Western Australia. Deep maroon with purple hues gives a suggestion of what’s to come. The long growing season ensured that full flavour ripeness was achieved across the region. The wine displays aromas of ripe Satsuma plums with some savoury complexity adding nutmeg spices and freshly ground pepper notes. These flavours continue onto the medium to full bodied palate and are supported by fine grained, plush tannins and interwoven oak. Drink now with its vibrant fruit forward character or cellar with confidence for 6-8 years.
Tasting notes (PDF Download)
The 2019 has been a real roller coaster of vintage with freak weather events, lower than expected crops and plagues of animals. Winter rains over the Great Southern were steady and provided the vines with good soil moisture which allowed the vine to power on into a dry and mild spring. Frost hit some low lying vineyards in the Frankland River wine-growing area hard destroying crops and reducing yields. The weather during the grape ripening into early vintage was more mild than average, with notably colder nights.
Pre-fermentation cold soaking followed by a clean, warm (25-30°C) ferment. Twice daily pump-overs, using specialised gentle tannin extraction method, also two rack-returns during ferment. Yeast strains used were RC212 and FX10, with time of skins totalling 15 days to retain maximum fruit intensity and soft tannins. Aged in two, three and four year old French barriques.
Residual Sugar: <2g/L