2021 SINGLE VINEYARD SHIRAZ
We harvested the Shiraz grapes by hand late March with bunches sorted before destemming. Such was the quality of fruit, a portion was fermented as whole berries to coax and lift their aromatics. In total 10% whole bunch was used to enhance these aromas and spice structure. We always ferment at cool temperatures in our large oak vats for three weeks in order to build silky tannins that still have the necessary structure capable of ageing - for which we’re known. The wine was then matured for 12 months in tight-grained French oak (10% new) in large 500L puncheons for slower oak extraction and better balance. Our puncheons, larger than the standard barrique, allows the oak to integrate harmoniously with the Shiraz of our region, letting the wine express its fruit purity and quality.
The cooler year contributed a delightful array of classic bright dark fruits - black cherries, plums and liquorice notes. More medium bodied, it’s still plump and fleshy with fine and elegant tannins that will add to its ageing potential. There’s a bit more spice too, typical of Yarra Valley Shiraz, but balanced savouriness, crunchy acidity and minerality that drives the wines exceptional length.