Chapter Three Shiraz 2010

Region: Central Victoria
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14%
Best Consumed: to 2022
Acidity: 6.49 TA
ph: 3.65
Sugar: 2.7
Bottled: March 2012
Release Date: April 2012

Smooth, complex and elegant, this medium bodied, cool climate red will knock your socks off with stunning aromas of ripe sweet berries coupled with a floral, violet-like perfume and smoky, chocolate suggestions.  Harmoniously balanced with brooding fruits and carefully integrated French oak, this wine offers intense blackberries and dark plums with a lingering spicy finish.

Possessing an eternal palate of richness and spice, it is irresistible now and will richly reward those patient enough to offer it time.

Viticulturist Notes

Fruit was harvested from fifteen year old vines in exceptional vineyards in Central Victoria during April 2010.  The sandy loam and granitic soil vineyard give the wine notable terroir. Yields were kept low, approximately tree tonnes per acre, to allow for maximum quality and flavour.  The juice was placed in small open vat fermenters which were hand plunged every eight hours for the duration of the ferment.  Once the ferment was dry, the resulting wine was pressed off the skins and given time to settle before allowing a natural secondary fermentation to commence.  Seperate parcels of the wine spent twelve months in French oak, after which the final blending of select parcels took place.

Wine Harvest Notes

The 2010 growing season was one of the best in many years.  Excellent growing conditions made for wine with great elegance and balance.  Lower than average yields produced wines of fine quality and a long, slow ripening period provided intense fruit characters in all varieties.

Food Recommendations:

The perfect accompaniment to fillet steak or venison - or for something a little different try it with some chocolate cake.