The Ambassador Story
Haselgrove’s very own estate selected Shiraz has been very proudly named after our Ambassador, Les Burdett OAM. All individually numbered, with proceeds from the sale of the 3,495 bottles donated to Les Burdett’s charity of choice – Variety, the Children’s Charity.
The nose is opulent and complex. Dark cassis and berry compote combine with dried herb and festive spice
A generous portion of new French oak compliments the rich and full bodied mix of dense red fruits. Complex and alluring tannins give structure and elegance with bright natural acidity providing a mouth-watering and moreish finish.
Selected from Haselgrove’s own vineyards in McLaren Flat from vines planted in 1972. Soil is deep sand to sandy loam over clay. Very gentle north westerly aspect with East West row orientation allows more delicate characteristics to develop. Characteristics common to the sub region include blueberry fruit, some red fruit, plums and a subtle violet lift with elegant tannins.
Crushed but not destemmed to open fermenters, cold soaked for 3 days under inert gas cover, then fermented at 22-28 degrees and plunged 3 times a day with a gentle pumpover during peak ferment. On skins for 8 days before pressing to 1 and 2 yo French oak Hogsheads. The batch is kept separate through maturation and after 18 months , barrels are individually selected to showcase the very best this block has to offer.
Region: McLaren Vale
Aspect: Gentle North West
Canopy Management: Spur – assisted sprawl
Alcohol / pH / TA: 14.5/3.61/6.9
Harvest Date: 26th February 2016
Bottling Date: 1st December 2017
Release Date: January 2017
Cellaring: Drink Now to 2027
Number Produced: 3,495 bottles
Tasting Note – PDF