2021 Cabernet Shiraz
Tobacco and cedar on the nose with a hint of violet. The palate show juicy black cherry with black pepper spice and fine chocolatey tannins giving the wine a lovely persistence
We experienced an almost textbook growing season over 2020/2021 with rainfall back at long term averages and mild weather over flowering which allowed for good fruit set leading to above average yields.
Over the ripening period we experienced cooler than normal weather leading to an extended time on vine to develop some great varietal characters and maintain bright natural aciditiesVINEYARD
The fruit for this wine was sourced from two vineyard sites in McLaren Vale - the Cabernet coming from the Seaview sub region and the Shiraz from the Whites Valley area.
The Cabernet vines from the Seaview location are grown on single cordon trellis in brown sandy loams over ironstone and quartz.
The Whites Valley vineyard where the Shiraz is grown is planted on alluvial clay, sand and gravel, these vines are also trellised single cordon.WINEMAKING
Each parcel of fruit was picked and fermented separately to allow for tailored blending prior to bottling.
The ferments were carried out in stainless steel open fermenters with gentle pump overs and plunging for cap management. After 10-14 days on skins, wines were basket pressed to stainless steel tanks to complete alcoholic fermentation.
Post primary fermentation, wines were racked to French oak (10% new oak) for maturation and malolactic fermentation.
Slow braised venison with blackcurrant and thyme
VARIETY: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Shiraz
REGION: McLaren Vale, South Australia
SOIL: Cabernet - brown sandy loams over ironstone and quartz
Shiraz - alluvial clay, sand and gravel
TA: 6.97 g/L