McPherson Family Series Shiraz 2012

Region: Murray Darling and Goulburn Valley - South Eastern Australia
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14%
Best Consumed: now - 2017
Cellaring: medium term
Acidity: 6.81
ph: 3.53
Sugar: 6.8
Bottled: December 2012
Release Date: December 2012

Deep purple in colour, with an intense aroma of dark fruits and spice, the 2012 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

The highly anticipated 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:

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