Region: Central Ranges (75%) Clare Valley (25%)
Background: This Shiraz is usually a NSW regional blend that features the cool climate Hilltops G.I. fruit. In 2011 due to the difficult vintage conditions in southern NSW, it was 100% Hunter Valley and now from the Central Ranges (Rylestone) and Clare Valley to maintain the quality we strive for.
Fruit source: Established Shiraz vineyards at Rylestone (Central Ranges G.I. in NSW) and the Clare Valley in South Australia.
Fermentation: Both parcels of fruit were kept separate and fermented in closed tanks being pumped over twice daily.
Maturation: Post fermentation, the wine was matured in used French and American oak barrels for 12 months and then blended to reach the desired style.
Winemaker’s comments: The Hunter Valley and Hilltops regions suffered badly from the continued wet conditions of the 2012 Summer. The rainfall combined with the cooler than normal temperatures slowed the ripening of all but Semillon to the point where rot and mildew took over. The advantage of regional blends meant we were able to get ripe and disease free fruit from Rylestone near Mudgee and the Clare Valley who had very good vintage conditions.
Tasting note: Dark crimson in colour; aromas of Mocha and dark berry fruits, spice and light toasty oak on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied but flavoursome and smooth. Tannins are ripe and fine and have integrated well into the wine. A great value for money Shiraz.
Cellaring estimate: Short to medium term.
Suggested food match: Red meat dishes.