Tasting Notes :
In 2018 we produced just under 280 doz La Maline – a barrel selection drawn from parcels of some our oldest and highest Shiraz vineyards in the Barossa Valley / Barossa Ranges and Eden Valley. With La Maline we are seeking a refined, detailed and feminine expression of Barossa Shiraz. Key contributors to achieving this style are vine age, vineyard site altitude, a soil type sympathetic to the style and dedicated vine husbandry. Vine age averages 65 years, altitudes range from between 320 and 495 m asl and soils are generally poor soil sandy loams over bases of varied parent materials.
Vinification is kept pretty simple. All fruit is hand harvested. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in open oak and stainless steel fermenters for between 12 and 21 days prior to pressing. Between 30-45 % of whole bunches were retained within the otherwise de-stemmed must . Around 2 % pressed Viognier marc was included I’m the must. Elevage was undertaken in French oak barriques and demi-muids, approximately 40% new, on light lees for 20 months prior to assemblage and bottling.
Brilliant blue-hued garnet.
Multilayered, deep aromatics of loam, leather, puerh tea, ink, coffee grounds, black cherry, blackberry, and dark rose. Exotic and wild yet detailed and restrained.
Medium to full bodied, supple, with an even flow of dark berry, cacao and dark woody spice flavours and soft, ripe dark plum like acids. Very fine grained, velvety tannins build through the palate to deliver a fresh finish. Elegant, cool feel.