Shiraz 2014

Region: Strathbogie Ranges, Central Victoria
Varietal: Shiraz
Alcohol: 14%
Best Consumed: 2018 - 2026

Smooth, complex and elegant, this medium bodied, cool climate red evolves with stunning aromas of ripe sweet berries coupled with a floral, violet – like perfume and smoky, chocolate suggestions. This elegant Shiraz displays intense notes of spice, rich blackberries and plums carefully balanced with subtle oak. 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 16 year old vines in exceptional vineyard sites on top of the Strathbogie Ranges during April 2014. 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 growing season in 2014 presented some challenges in the vineyard including frost in late 2013 and extreme heat in early 2014. Once harvesting began in late January we were pleasantly
surprised by the quality of the fruit and the resulting wines. Yields were down but quality was up this year. Whites have good varietal character with great flavour, whilst the reds have beautiful
colour and flavour intensity.

Food Recommendations:

This fine boned, softly spoken Shiraz has been made to enjoy with food and comes into its own when paired with the perfect dish. Flavoursome foods as found in Greek, Spanish and Italian
cuisines are perfect. Also a great partner for grass fed fillet steak, char grilled venison - or for something a little different try it with some chocolate cake.