The 2019 was a difficult year. Lots of rain during harvest time after a near perfect growing season. We were fortunate to get the majority of all the Shiraz grapes off without severe botrytis helping the process in the cellar.
All the grapes were harvested by hand. The different vineyard blocks were vinified and kept separate for the entire maturation period. The grapes were crushed and immediately set to fermentation. Pump-overs 4 times a day with punch downs. Extended post maceration was done resulting on the wine being 30 days on the skin. This allows the wine to produce softer, more approachable tannins. The wine was pressed into French oak barrels and left for aging for 14 months before blending and bottling took place.
Soil & Terroir
The soil consists of 10% clay with the balance medium sand to coarse gravel on a North-Western slope for 2 of the blocks. The row direction is 45° West of North. Block 4 is on a flatter piece with substantial rocks. Block 8, our only South facing block, is planted in coarse gravel. Water management is done by drip irrigation.
The BRS shows notes of upfront black and red berry fruits and hints of spice develop in the glass as the wine opens. On the palate the wine is smooth with a juicy tannin structure yet noticeable for such a youthful wine. The finish is long and savory with a touch of pepper spice at the end. Enjoy this wine now or age it up to 10 years.
Alc: 13.98 vol%
Total Extract: 30.5 g/l
Res sugar: 2.36 g/l
T.A: 5.68 g/l
V.A: 0.64 g/l
Bottled: November 2020
- 2011 – 4* John Platter/ Wine Enthusiast 89pts
- 2012 – 4* John Platter/ Wine Enthusiast 88 pts
- 2013 – 4* John Platter/ Wine Enthusiast 88pts
- 2014 – 4* John Platter/ Tim Atkin 87pts
2015 – 4* John Platter
2016 – 4* John Platter
Braised Oxtail, chimichurri spice, any game dishes, Lamb tangines.