2015 Poonawatta The Cuttings Eden Valley Shiraz

Vineyard: The Cuttings is produced from a small dry grown vineyard established from vine cuttings from the original Shiraz vines believed to have been planted in 1880. With historical considerations and declining yields a task to re-established a separate vineyard in 1980 took place.

Season: The lead-up to vintage saw an early onset of summer, with occasional thunder-storms and four heat spikes into the high 40's, through summer. Fortunately 16 ml of rain came, the first rain for six months which helped dry-grown vines through to maturity. Cool drizzly weather at the end of March nearly brought the harvest to a halt but a return to an Indian summer gave varieties a chance to develop quality fruit.

Wine making: NA

Appearance: Deep crimson red

Aroma/Bouquet: Ripe dark berries with white pepper, dark chocolate, spice with a touch of mineral.

Palate: Blueberries and blackberries with pepper, mixed spices, violets and oak complexity. The vintage is powerful with fine grain tannin that will integrate with further bottle age.

Food Pairing: Quintessential roast lamb and baked vegetables, Beef shin with pappardelle and braised leeks or Baked ham and quince glaze.

Alcohol: 14.4%

pH: NA

Acidity: NA

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: 151 dozen

Cellar potential: 15+ years

Wine maker: Reid Bosworth / Andrew Holt

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