Background: Terracotta gets its name from the soils on which the fruit is grown. These red clay soils are renowned for their lo fertility thus reducing the yield of the wine and increasing fruit concentration.
Fruit Source: This wine is made from a single vineyard in the heart of Pokolbin. This 12 year old vineyard is not irrigated and located behind the ‘Graveyard’ vineyard on the ‘terracotta’ coloured clay soils of the area.
Fermentation & Maturation: 8% Viognier fruit was added to the Shiraz and allowed to co-ferment in traditional open vats and then pressed into a combination of 40$ new and 60% 1 year old French oak and matured for 20 months. The wine was then bottled with minimum filtration.
Winemakers Comments: The cool conditions of 2002 allowed the fruit to ripen slowly and produce intensely flavoured wines. The wine has rich berry and licorice characters supported by cinnamon oak. The palate has good line and length with ripe soft tannin.
The nose is lifted with no obvious Viognier apricot. The palate is full bodied, clean and lively, with plentiful fine tannins giving it good structure and the ability to improve over many years.
Cellaring: Medium – Long term 15+
What the experts say:
“Yes I know this is expensive but I think it’s simply the best Hunter red I’ve had in years – maybe ever. This is not one of your tough old leathery Hunter Shirazes, as mighty as some of those have been. This has lovelyrich fruit, beautiful balance and structure and a little splash of Viognier, which makes it not only trendy but also just a tiny bit more delicious. If this is the future of Hunter Shiraz then I want a part of it.”
Stuart Gregor – Don’t Buy Wine Without Me 2005
“Lifted aromas and flavours so typical of Shiraz with a touch of Viognier (8%); stylish and long palate; well balanced, fine tannins.”
James Halliday – 2006 Wine Companion