2013 ‘Old Vine’ Shiraz

2013-old-vine-shiraz-fsRegion: Hunter Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Background: Only two vintages of ’Old Vine’ Shiraz have been released. 2006 and now 2013.

Fruit Source: Situated in Pokolbin, the ‘Homestead’ vineyard on Palmers Lane is the Shiraz source for this wine. The vines were planted in 1968 and are dry-land grown.

Fermentation: Hand picked fruit was crushed into open vats and plunged twice daily during fermentation. The wine was then lightly pressed and transferred into French oak barriques of varying ages.

Maturation: After 18 months of maturation the wine was lightly egg white fined and then bottled with minimal filtration.

Winemaker’s comments: 2013 was a welcome relief after the difficult 2012 Hunter red vintage. Dry warm days during vintage allowed Shiraz to fully ripen with great flavour. The only down side was relatively light crops.

Tasting notes: A deep crimson red in colour. The nose is dense with dark fruits, blackberries and a hint of mocha chocolate. The French oak gives a little spice, but only plays a minor role. The extremely long palate is medium to full bodied, but has acidity that gives the wine life and balance.

Cellaring estimate: This wine has all the characteristics that are required for long term cellaring. 20+ years.

Suggested food match: Red meat dishes and aged cheeses.

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