McPherson Family Series Shiraz 2011

Region: South Eastern Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14%
Best Consumed: now to 2015
Cellaring: medium term
Acidity: 6.22
ph: 3.63
Sugar: 8.2
Bottled: December 2011
Release Date: April 2012

Deep purple in colour, with an intense aroma of dark fruits and spice, the 2011 McPherson Shiraz expresses true varietal character.  With subtly integrated American Oak balanced with ripe plums and blackberries, this wine has excellent structure and length.  Secondary aromas of chocolate and spice add intrigue and complexity to the wine with soft tannins creating a supple and smooth wine with impressive length.


Viticulturist Notes

The grapes for this Shiraz were picked and crushed during the cool of night, thus ensuring the retention of varietal character, while modern winemaking techniques were employed throughout, all of which help to create the signature McPherson style. Fermentation took place in sweeping arm red fermenters,
giving the wine a denser, richer colour and allowing for gentle flavour extraction.  Softer tannins are also a result of this process, an important feature of the McPherson Shiraz style. Careful attention was also paid to the oak selection for the Shiraz. This wine was aged on American oak for approximately 8 months, giving the wine a noticeable, but not an excessive oak influence. The inclusion of some central Victorian fruit into the blend has boosted both the colour and the intensity of flavour.

Wine Harvest Notes

2011 is the year the drought finally broke in Australia.  Amid much celebration, there were some challenges for our winemakers, who worked through the extraordinary rains to make some excellent wines.  Some vineyards were lost to floods, but those that survived produced wines that are light in style, colour and alcohol, that offer elegance and finesse.


Food Recommendations:

Try this wine with a hearty barbequed steak, or a rich, spicy tomato based pasta dish such as
Spaghetti Bolognaise or Lasagne.