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Somewhere in McLaren Vale you’ll find a very special block of old vine Shiraz. If you search for it, an olive grove to the west and an ancient chapel will be your guide. The shallow
soils overlying a bedrock of limestone and the gentle sea breezes consistently provide us with fruit of exception quality.
Dense, classic Shiraz characters of blackberry and dark cherry mesh seamlessly with spicy anise and cedary French oak.
A concentrated palate of generous dark fruits and black cherry, the old vines contribute complex spices, cinnamon and nutmeg. A full bodied mouth filling wine that is perfectly balanced by a lingering structural finish.
Selected from a single vineyard near Aldinga, situated on red brown earth with a very gentle northerly aspect and North South row orientation. Consistently producing very structural wines with chewy tannins, a blend of dark and red fruits and hints of wild fennel.
Crushed but not destemmed to open fermenters, cold soaked for 3 x days under inert gas cover, then fermented at 22-28 degrees and plunged 2 x day with a gentle pumpover during the first few days of ferment. On skins for 8 days before pressing direct to new,1 yo and 2 yo French oak Hogsheads. Matured for18 months in oak with minimal rack and returns, the barrels are then individually selected to allow for fruit expression and complimenting oak tannin and flavour.
Region: McLaren Vale
Harvest Dates: 15th February 2016
Bottling Date: 17th January 2018
Release Date: January 2018
Cellaring: Drink Now to 2030
Number Produced: 3,520 bottles
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