Fragrant violet perfume, black plums with a side of cured meats. The palate has beautiful density of fruit, liquorice and a slate-graphite minerality. The cool climate acidity bringing an energy and brightness to the palate even in a warm year like 2019 which will carry it through many years of cellaring. A solid framework of oak tannins perfectly balanced with the intense fruit flavour and a layered texture. The persistence of the elegant flavour profile lingers for an age.
“From the small block of shiraz planted in 1969 comes a wine of distinction, thanks to the constant fine tuning orchestrated by winemaker Sarah Crowe. Wafts of pepper, woodsy spices, iodine and florals end up mingling with the pure fruit flavours within. Ribbons of fine tannin grace the palate, as does gossamer-like acidity, holding everything perfectly in place and just allowing the finish to linger and impress even more.” – Jane Faulkner, 2022 Halliday Wine Companion.
Hand harvested small section of the Shiraz vineyard for this wine, destemmed gently to retain whole berries into a 600kg fermenter for fermentation, hand plunging twice daily. Pressed gently and gravity filled to four French oak barriques, 50% new.
Varietals: 100% Shiraz
Region: Yarra Valley (Gruyere)
Vines: Fruit sourced exclusively from a small block of 1969 planted Shiraz. This small parcel will produce around 1200 bottles each year.
Cellaring: Drinking beautifully at present and will evolve for a further 20 years under suitable cellaring conditions.
Analysis: 14% Alc.
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