Shiraz from our Estate vineyard adopts more of a cooler climate expression than the typical McLaren Vale style thanks to the vineyards elevation and the cooling night breezes from the nearby Southern Lofty, but retains concentration and complexity.
Fruit for this wine was sourced from Blocks 10, 12, 15, 16, 17 and 19 in our single-vineyard estate. Approximately 10% of this fruit remained as whole bunches, with the remaining fruit destemmed and mechanically sorted. 50% of this fruit remained as whole berries, with the other 50% lightly broken. We cold-soaked the fermentation tanks for 5-6 days until the onset of wild fermentation, utilising the yeasts that naturally come in with the grapes from the vineyard. The open fermenters underwent a careful regime of plunging and rack and returns. The wine was kept on yeast lees for 12 months, in French oak (25% new). This resulting wine received no fining, just filtration. Bottled in August 2018. Certified Organic/Biodynamic.
"Wild ferment, whole bunches, whole berries, classy oak but only where it’s needed. Beautiful expression of shiraz. Just so effortless. One sip and you just know. Black berried fruits, spices here and there, ultra-fine tannin, impressive length. Great value in the overall scheme. Class written all over it."
94Pts, Campbell Mattinson, The Winfront
"The pure singularity of this certified biodynamic wine has a different face to its King's Wood sibling. It relentlessly captures the senses with its dark spiced fruits, the aftertaste slowly diminishing."
97Pts, Halliday Wine Companion