95% Shiraz and 5% Viognier; the Shiraz is a blend of fruit from the Mary Gordon Vineyard which is 15 years old, and the Hillside vineyard which is 21 years old.
Parcels of Shiraz were fermented separately using open fermenters. A small part of Viognier was added with the Shiraz, giving aromatic lift and brightness, while also helping with colour. Warm fermentation temperatures combined with regular pump-overs and plunging ensured optimum extraction. Only the best parcels were selected, which were matured in stainless steel as well as new and old French oak for 9-18 months. The Shiraz pressings were also added back into the blend to add complexity.
On the nose, a tremendous lift of spice from the Viognier, with dark black berries supported in the background by careful use of oak. The palate is rich and luscious with the fruits dominating harnessed by supple tannins. A long and lasting finish.
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