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Aroma: Perfumed cool climate Shriaz that’s medium bodied with a little lick of spice. Loaded with dark cherries and red plums interlaced with a cured meat lift.
Palate: The palate leads with a bright and elegant fruit intensity, the use of whole berries shines through with a lovely slippery composure. The finely boned tannins shaping a long palate supported by a lick of oak char on the finish.
Hand harvested, bunches across a sorting table and destemmed with no crushing to retain whole berries. Fermentation in the Yarra Yering half-tonne open-fermenters, hand lunged twice daily. Some use of stalk baskets to build structure and interest. A component of 100% whole bunch fermentation as well as some 20% whole bunch fermentation help to give some volume and plushness to the fruit palate. Air bag pressed to release the last fermenting juice form the many whole berries remaining. The wine then aged for 12 months in French oak puncheons (500L) only 25% new oak.
Varietals: 100% Shiraz
Region: Yarra Valley (Gruyere)
Vines: 1973 planted 8 acre block of Shiraz at the western extremity of the Yarra Yering vineyard.
Cellaring: One of the Yarra Yering wines to give itself up sooner rather than later it will often look wonderful at 5-10 years of age. This vineyard has a proven pedigree and it will continue to evolve for many more years under suitable cellaring conditions should you want to leave it for 10+ years.