Princess Butterfly Shiraz Tempranillo 2013

Region: Central Victoria
Varietal: 90% Shiraz 10% Tempranillo
Alcohol: 14%
Best Consumed: 2014 - 2020

Rich, with elegant and chalky tannins, this wine is a lovely blend of blackberry and pepper with a hint of savoury fruit and wonderful length.  With well integrated French oak balancing the spicy palate, this is a wine to be enjoyed with food, allowing the lengthy chalky tannins of the Tempranillo to compliment the ripe Shiraz fruit. 

Viticulturist Notes

Fruit for the Princess Butterfly Shiraz Tempranillo was harvested from select vineyard sites within Central Victoria during March / April 2013.  The must was fermented in static red fermenters and pumped over every eight hours for the ferment's duration.  Once the ferment was dry, the resulting wine was pressed off the skins and allowed to settle before allowing a natural secondary ferment to commence. 

Wine Harvest Notes

The summer of 2012 / 2013 was hot and dry - the hot weather ripening grapes out of the 2013 vintage early and the dry spell allowing the sugars to develop fully.  Balancing sugar and acid was tricky this year, however the vintage ended with a bang with great fruit flavour ripeness being achieved at the last minute.  2013 will go down as a cracking year, with excellent overall quality and magnificent, vibrant colour in the reds.

Food Recommendations:

Moroccan dishes, traditional Spanish tapas and char-grilled or roasted meats such as lamb chops with balsamic reduction.