2018 Heirloom Vineyards McLaren Vale Shiraz

McLaren Vale Shiraz

Vineyard: Cutting edge viticulture teamed with exceptional wine making has delivered a superb wine from the South Australian McLaren Vale region. The vineyard is constantly monitored and managed to deliver premium grapes.

Season: Winter rainfall was average with soil moisture wet at the time of budburst - spring. Spring rains were low with many vineyards accessing other sustainable water sources. The summer season delivered cool evenings and warm days without excessive heat. Overall low yields but a very good vintage was noted.

Wine making: Hand picked fruit was carefully sorted before gentle pressing. The juice was captured in open fermenter tanks, with gentle pump overs to extract maximum colour, flavour and tannin. Aged in new and seasoned American and French oak barrels for 16 months.

Appearance: Bright violet-blue, with hints of deep dark red and purple.

Aroma/Bouquet: White pepper, nutmeg and bay leaf dance around blue fruits with obvious raspberry and plum jam. The aromatics and intensity is alluring.

Palate: A silky texture from front to mid palate, before a slight blast of acidity. There is concentration and a good depth of fruit in the back palate, with grainy tannins and a seamless finish.  

Food Pairing: Slow cooked ribs with lashings of plum sauce, Beef and green chilli stew.

Alcohol: 14.5%

pH: NA

Acidity: NA

Residual Sugar: NA

Production: NA

Cellar potential: 10+ years

Winemaker: Elena Brooks, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide, Rosie Signer

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