2015 Mountadam Vineyards Eden Valley Patriarch Shiraz

Barossa - Eden Valley Shiraz

Vineyard: Patriarch Shiraz honours Mountadam’s founder - David Wynn, remembered as one of the greatest contributors to the Australian wine industry. The Shiraz vineyard was the first vineyard to be established on the estate, perched at an altitude of 500m on a unique east facing aspect overlooking Eden Valley.

Season: The 2015 vintage will be one to remember. The season started well with above average early winter rains that filled the soil profile and dams, however it was dry from then on. Temperatures were above average in spring allowing the vines to get off to a strong growing season. Summer was generally mild with the exception of a few days of extreme relieved by 30ml of rain in January.

Wine making: The fruit was hand harvested on the 10th of March. Fermentation was carried out in small submerged cap fermenters. The ferment was rack and returned daily for ten days, then left to soak for a further five weeks prior to pressing. The wine was matured in new French barriques for 24 months.

Appearance: Deep red with purple hue

Aroma/Bouquet: Lifted notes of blackberry, dark plums and dark chocolate. The wine displays strong French oak characters on both the nose and palate.

Palate: Initially dark red and blue berry fruit characters with red and black pepper and hints of spice that lead to a firm backbone of long tannin. Structure and length compliments the intensity of the fruit with a dry finish.

Food Pairing: Osso Bucco, Marinated orange and fennel roast duck or try Sri Lankan beef curry.

Alcohol: 14.5%

pH: NA

Acidity: NA

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: NA

Cellar potential: 20+ years

Wine maker: Helen McCarthy

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