2016 Single Vineyard Shiraz / 6 bottles
The 2016 growing season was challenging, with 32 days above 34C. Picking was on 17 February, our earliest harvest ever and clear evidence of a changing climate.
Through organic practices, particularly minimum tillage and midrow herbage, retention the Single Vineyard has begun to thrive in these hot conditions. While the fruit reaches full ripeness earlier in these hot years, it is able to do it without raising alcohol levels and suffering low acids.
We hand picked three parcels, basket pressed and fermented them separately in open top vats. They were matured in old and new French oak for 9 months.
The result is a balanced wine full of plum fruits, pepper and woody spice.
Harvest: 17 February (hand picked)
Average bunch weight: 65.3 grams
Bottled: 3 March 2016.
Alcohol: 13.4% v/v
Cellar: Until 2040 when cellared well
Goes with: veal, beef and lamb, mild and full flavoured cheese