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 Shiraz is from a single vineyard on the Cypress Lakes Resort in the heart of Pokolbin. This 8 year old vineyard is un-irrigated and located behind the ‘Graveyard’ vineyard on the ‘terracotta’ coloured clay soils of the area.
Fermentation & Maturation: The handpicked and sorted Shiraz fruit was fermented in traditional open vats with the addition of 4% Viognier to co-ferment. Once fermentation had stopped, the wine was then pressed into a combination of 40% 1 year old and 60% new French oak and matured for 20 months. The wine was then bottled with minimum filtration.
Winemakers Comments: The atypical cool conditions of 2000 allowed fruit to ripen slowly which produced perfect phenological ripeness but also elevated baume. The result overall was intensely flavoured fruit which is clearly visible in the wine. The wine has deep blackberry,mulberry,stonefruit and licorice characters on the nose. The palate has a certain presence and incredible length with underlying soft silky tannin.
Cellaring: Medium – Long term.
What the experts say:
“On the palate the wine is gutsy, firm and tightly structured, but with substantial upfront fruit; there is enormous concentration here. It will develop into an absolutely beautiful wine”.
Dr Ron Georgiou MW The Wine Oracle March-April 2002
“I found this very distinctive wine full of reminders of Frances Rhone Valley, which isn’t so surprising given that winemaker Rhys Eather is a self-confessed ‘Rhone nut’.”
John Lewis – Newcastle Herald 13th March 2002
“This red has been made from decidely ripe fruit and has been pushed to the limit to obtain structure and complexity …. the wine breathed up beautifully”.