2015 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: 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 thirty millimeters of rain in January.

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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