|Grape Variety||Shiraz 85% Graciano 15%|
The Shiraz was harvested cold, and pressed immediately to minimise colour extraction in the juice. After settling overnight, without the use of enzymes, the cloudy juice was subsequently allowed to ferment naturally in older French barriques. A small amount of spicy Graciano was produced saingée style (a method of rosé production that involves ‘bleeding’ off a portion of juice after limited contact with the skins) followed by wild ferment in old oak also. All barrels were lees stirred regularly for three months to introduce texture and complexity to the final blend.
A full-bodied, yet restrained Shiraz offering ample depth with plenty of inky ripe forest fruits; blackberries, red currants and spice. The ripe fruit, fine tannins and savoury elements combine to produce a generous wine with a solid structure and a wonderful persistence of fruit.
A relatively mild, warm winter resulted in an early budburst to kick-start the growing season. This was followed by some relatively wild spring weather however with wet, windy conditions affecting fruit set and resulting in low yields across most varieties in the region. Beautiful, warm weather returned in summer which saw flavour ripening accelerate quickly, bringing about our earliest vintage on record. A lack of Marri blossom leading up to and during harvest meant bird pressure was extreme, with netting absolutely vital this season. After the whites were harvested we experienced a minor a rain event at the end of February and cooler conditions ensued. Given the low yields, this extended ripening period allowed the reds to attain full physiological maturity and tannin ripeness. All of the fruit for this wine is estate grown in the Wallcliffe subregion of Margaret River. The Shiraz is sourced from our Boodjidup vineyard, while the Graciano component is from our Stevens Road vineyard.
Syrah (also known as Shiraz) is a dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world. The style and flavor profile of wines made from Syrah is influenced by the climate where the grapes are grown with moderate climates. Syrah has jammier fruit and spice notes of liquorice, anise and earthy leather. In many regions the acidity and tannin levels of Syrah allows the wines produced from the grape to have favorable aging potential. The typical region of producing shiraz is northern part of Rhone Valley and Australia.
In Australia, Graciano is used either in blends with Tempranillo or as varietal wines. Graciano is a Spanish red wine grape that is grown primarily in Rioja. The vine produces a low yeild that are normally harvested in late October. The wine produced is characterized by its deep red color, strong aroma and ability to age well. Graciano thrives in warm, arid climates.