Region: Hunter Valley
Background: This Shiraz is usually a regional blend that uses the cool climate Hilltops area fruit. In 2011 due to the difficult vintage conditions in southern NSW, it is 100% Hunter Valley.
Fruit source: Various Hunter Valley Shiraz vineyards.
Fermentation: All 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 13 months and then blended to reach the desired style.
Winemaker’s comments: Late 2010 was very wet which put doubt over the 2011 Hunter Valley vintage. Luckily January and February was very warm and dry and the grapes that were unaffected by the earlier wet weather, ripened to make wines of excellent quality, of all varieties.
Tasting note: Vibrant crimson colour in the glass; aromas of Mulberry and red-berry fruits, spice and light toasty oak on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied but very flavoursome with the red-berry fruits carrying through. Tannins are fine and well integrated into the wine.
Cellaring estimate: Short to medium term.
Suggested food match: Red meat dishes.