Perfumed cool climate Shiraz; deliciously medium bodied with a lick of aniseed spice. Bright red and blue plum fruits bring a fresh energy to the palate and some char and spice layering in structure and complexity. As always from this block we see some cured meat and a smoke-char interest driving the back palate. Medium weighted fruit with oak just a faint seasoning.
Hand harvested, the bunches pass across a sorting table before processing either as whole bunches or whole berries. 50% of the block is fermented and matured in a second use 3500L upright oak cask containing 20% whole bunches and topped up for maturation with 100% whole bunch component. The remainder of fermentation in the Yarra Yering half-tonne open-fermenters, gently hand lunged twice daily. Air bag pressed to release the last fermenting juice from the many whole berries remaining. The wine then aged for 12 months; 50% in the 3500L one year old cask and 50% to French oak puncheons (500L); 10% new oak.
Varietals: 100% Shiraz
Region: Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
Vines: A single block of Shiraz planted in 1973; 8 acres 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.
Analysis: 13.5 % Alc.
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