2014 DRY RED NO.2

$102.00

A shiraz-based blend with inspiration drawn from France’s Rhône Valley. The Shiraz and Marsanne planted in 1969, Mataro and Viognier planted from 1984 to 1995; all unirrigated. Fragrance and headiness, this wine exudes intense perfume, mixed berry fruits, floral notes and spice.

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Aroma: Fragrance and headiness, this wine exudes intense perfume, mixed berry fruits, floral notes and spice.

Palate: The addition of Mataro and co-fermentation with white grapes Viognier and Marsanne intensify the Shiraz character while providing complexity, richness and generosity. Primary fruit leads onto savoury graphite and white pepper underpinned by stalkiness and concentrated meatiness. This is no shrinking violet!

Fruit was hand-picked and destemmed directly to the Yarra Yering half-tonne open-fermenters. As much whole berry as possible is retained to encourage perfume. Stalks were added back to one-third of the fermenters in order to contribute structure and aroma. The wine was aged for 18 months in 100% French oak barriques, 50% new before blending and bottling.

Varietals: 96% Shiraz, 2.5% Mataro, 1% Viognier, 0.5% Marsanne

Region: Yarra Valley (Gruyere)

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Vines: Fruit was sourced from the original 1969 plantings on the Estate. The Shiraz and Marsanne established in 1969, plus additional Shiraz, Mataro & Viognier drawn from vines planted from 1984 to 1995.

Cellaring: Drinking beautifully at present but this vineyard has a proven pedigree and track record thus it will continue to evolve for a further 20+ years under suitable cellaring conditions.

Analysis: 13 % ALC

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