50% Shiraz, 47% Grenache and 3% Mataro from prime vineyards in the Barossa Valley of South Australia.
A range of different techniques are employed in the Nine Popes, including whole bunch fermentation, along with de-stemmed but uncrushed fruit. The ferment temperature is kept moderate at 18-22ºC to help retain fruit flavours and elegance. After pressing, the wine was aged predominantly in older oak on its lees with only 25% new oak used. No fining agents were used.
Deep bright crimson in colour, this wine opens with sweet Grenache perfumes which intermingle with liquorice spice on the nose. Beautifully balanced with soft tannins, it culminates in a long savoury finish.
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