Region: Hilltops (70%) Hunter Valley (30%)
Background:This Shiraz from our ‘Vintner’ range is usually a NSW regional blend that features the cool climate Hilltops G.I. fruit, with 2005 the first vintage released.
Fruit source: The ‘Terra Australis’ vineyard at Kingsvale in the Hilltops region and the ’Lochleven’ vineyard in Pokolbin.
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 16 months and then blended to reach the desired style.
Winemaker’s comments: The 2013 vintages in both Hilltops and Hunter were back on track and of good enough quality to be used for this blend. Yields were down in both regions.
Tasting note: A glossy crimson in the glass. Scents of ripe dark berry fruits and spicy oak on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied but packed with layers of flavour. The tannins are fine and supple and well integrated. A great value for money Shiraz.
Cellaring estimate: Short to medium term.
Suggested food match: Red meat dishes.