The resulting Shiraz is full of soft, dark cherry fruit with rich notes of dark chocolate and subtle oak. The palate is textured and layered, with the dark berry fruit aromas again coming to the fore. The palate has a long plush, elegant finish.
All of the grapes were fermented separately at the winery in small 3 tonne fermenters. The grapes were destalked (separating berries from the bunch) and placed uncrushed into small stainless steel open fermenters. A cultured yeast was used to start the fermentation and the tanks were hand plunged spending 7 days on skins at 28° C. Further maturation in a mixture of French and American oak for 18 months has resulted in a wine of great structure and finesse.
For our Old Vine Shiraz we selected grapes from the Hage and Gobell families’ vineyards in Nuriootpa and Stonewell sub-regions respectively.
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014