Country: Australia Region: South East Australia
Vintage: 2014 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Shaw & Smith Estate
The fruit was sourced from vineyards in the warmer, drier parts of Adelaide Hills, notably Macclesfield and from low yielding vineyards in Balhannah near the Shaw and Smith winery. Soils here are shallow red/brown loam over schist and clay. The vines are planted at a high density of 2,700 - 5,500 vines per hectare and are hand pruned with vertical shoot positioned canopies. Low yields of two kilos per vine were achieved by aggressive pruning and pre-harvest bunch thinning.
Hand harvested bunches were crushed, destemmed and fermented in small temperature controlled stainless steel fermenters, with gentle pumping over to extract colour and ripe tannins. The wine was aged in new (one third), one and two year old French oak barriques for 14 months.
Ageing Potential: 5-7 Years
Lovely fresh aromatics of red berries, which is followed on the palate by intense pure fruit notes including raspberry and blueberry. The palate is long and layered, with ample fine tannins and background notes of clove and black pepper.
Food Matches: Beef / Venison / Lamb / Duck