Clare Valley shiraz with a touch of nero d’avola
Only 3200 bottles produced
Here, cooler Clare Valley shiraz is complemented by the inclusion of nero d’avola. In 2016, there are coal black, brooding, dark berry aromatics that are a touch wild, even untamed. The flavours are of blackberry and black cherry and the wine shows power with restraint, a fleshy almost velvety texture, and firmish tannins which add structure without detracting from its immediate appeal.
Ageing potential: While we cannot say for sure, our experience strongly suggests it is well suited to ageing; 15-20 years (if you can leave it that long). We suggest enjoy now – 2025 to be safe.
Source: Selected private growers’ fruit
Yield: 4-7 tonnes/ha
Harvest date: Hand harvested 14th – 21st Feb 2016
Fermentation: Barrel fermented French oak barriques (35% new), 18 months, Profile: Perfumed, complex, weighty; perfectly balanced
Fining: Nil – suitable for vegans and vegetarians
Release date: 1st November 2018
Availability: Restricted to members and a few restaurants due to small production
Awards & Reviews:
James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020, 1st August 2019
There is only a touch of nero d’Avola with the shiraz that makes this wine so individual. It is luscious and rich, complexity courtesy of finishing fermentation in French barriques (35% new) and maturation in barrel for 18 months. The velvety mid-palate is trimmed on the finish by a savoury/licorice twist adding yet further to an already complex wine. 96 Points.
Huon Hooke, The Real Review, 7th October 2018
Deep, youthful red/purple colour with a plummy, fruit-driven aroma which is fresh and bright. Dry spice and walnut overtones. The wine is medium to full-bodied and supple, nicely modulated and even across the tongue. The flavours are harmonious and the texture appealing, with length and balance and good immediate appeal as well as cellaring potential. Sweet fruit core; elegance and restraint. A lovely wine. 93 Points.