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The Sum
Shiraz 2018

$16 per bottle

RRP: $19.00

Region: Great Southern – Western Australia
Variety: 100% Shiraz
Alcohol: 13.3%


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Tasting Notes

The Great Southern region produces outstanding examples of Cool Climate Shiraz and this wine is no exception. Deep maroon with purple hues gives a suggestion of what’s to come. The wine displays aromas of ripe blueberries with some savoury complexity adding spice and freshly ground pepper notes. These flavours continue onto the medium to full bodied palate and are supported by fine grained, earthy tannins and interwoven oak. Drink now or cellar with confidence for six – eight years.

Tasting notes (PDF download)
2018, 2017, 2016, 2013, 2012, 2011

Season notes

The 2018 was as close to perfect as we have ever seen in Western Australia. Good winter rains and mild early Spring weather allowed the vines to establish healthy canopies and well balanced fruit loads. The mild/sunny weather continued with little in the way of extremes allowing for minimal disease pressure and even ripening and flavour development. A near perfect Autumn enabled picking to occur at optimum flavour and sugar development. We are expecting great things from this vintage.


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.

Wine data

Alcohol: 13.7%
pH: 3.59
Residual Sugar: <2g/L