Chapter Three Shiraz 2012

Region: Strathbogie Ranges, Central Victoria
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14%
Best Consumed: 2012 – 2021

Smooth, complex and elegant, this medium bodied, cool climate red will evolves 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 who offer it time.

Viticulturist Notes

Fruit was harvested from 15 year old vines in exceptional vineyard sites on top of the Strathbogie Ranges during April 2012.  The vineyards are situated on granitic sand and rock, which give the wine notable terroir.  Tonnages were kept low, (approximately 3 tonnes/acre) to allow for maximum quality and flavour.   The juice was placed in small open vat fermenters which were hand plunged every 8 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.  Separate parcels of the wine spent 12 months in French oak, after which the final blending of select parcels took place.  The wine remains unfiltered, giving it texture and character that a wine of this style should boast.

Wine Harvest Notes

The anxiously awaited 2012 vintage has produced some excellent wines with beautiful balance and length of flavour.  The harvest was short and fast with whites and reds ripening early in the season, and good Autumnal weather to follow.  Overall the quality is remarkable, and the resulting wines will live on for many years to come.

Food Recommendations:

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