2016 Rileys of Eden Valley Jump Ship Shiraz

Vineyard: Shiraz is grown on the Riley's estate located approximately central in the Eden Valley wine region. The soil profile is predominately sandy loam over clay, which allows for good drainage and water retention throughout the drier months. The vineyard is ideal for Shiraz grapes, with cool evening temperatures developing into warm to hot days at an altitude of 440m. Minimal irrigation is required with most years stated as a 'Dry Grown' vineyard.

Season: A dry and frosty start to the growing season but thankfully not damaging to the vineyards in Eden Valley. December and early January was warm with some welcomed rain received. Overall the 2016 season delivered exceptional quality for red wine varieties across the Eden valley Barossa region.

Wine making: The grapes were machine harvested in the cool of the evening. The juice was gently pressed in a traditional basket press before skin contact and naturally increased ferment temperatures assisted wine making to maintain colour. Within weeks, the processed wine was transferred to seasoned French oak barriques to mature for a further 18 months.

Appearance: Medium to deep purple

Aroma/Bouquet: Alluring dark red fruits, black pepper and spice aromas with a hint of vanilla oak

Palate: A medium to full bodied wine with typical Eden Valley elegance. Spicy undertones lingering throughout the palate with concentrated sweet black currant, red liquorice, stewed rhubarb and dark blue fruits. Overall, the Shiraz wine is powered with sweet ripe fruit and finishes with tight tannin and exceptional balance.

Food Pairing: A selection of sharp cheddar and strong blue cheese, slow cooked lamb shanks and red wine jus, Osso Bucco or smoky spiced sausages with butter beans.

Alcohol: 14.5%

pH: NA

Acidity: NA

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: NA

Cellar potential: 15+ years

Wine consultant: Joanne Irvine

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