Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 2020


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Region: Yarra Valley
Grapes: Shiraz
First Glance: Perfumed, Cooling, Long

The Wine:
Hand harvested, the bunches pass across a sorting table before processing either as whole bunches or whole berries. 50% of the block is fermented and matured in a second use 3500L upright oak cask containing 20% whole bunches and topped up for maturation with 100% whole bunch component. The remainder of fermentation in the Yarra Yering half-tonne open-fermenters, gently hand lunged twice daily.  Air bag pressed to release the last fermenting juice from the many whole berries remaining. The wine then aged for 12 months; 50% in the 3500L one year old cask and 50% to French oak puncheons (500L); 10% new oak.

Perfumed cool climate Shiraz; deliciously medium bodied with a lick of aniseed spice. Bright red and blue plum fruits bring a fresh energy to the palate and some char and spice layering in structure and complexity. As always from this block we see some cured meat and a smoke-char interest driving the back palate. Medium weighted fruit with oak just a faint seasoning.