Sherrah Shiraz, McLaren Vale
Fruit again from the Lacey vineyard in the Tatachilla sub-region of southern McLaren Vale. Sandy Loam over limestone base scattered with ironstone fragments, 1654 clone vines planted on their own roots. The fruit is machine harvested by a Pelenc Selective harvester with onboard destemmer. The result of this is the grapes being delivered straight to the open fermenter requiring no further destemming or crushing. Whole berries, hand plunged for a fortnight before being gently pressed to seasoned French Hogs Heads and a single new barrel (10% overall). Natural malolactic fermentation and aged for 9 months prior to bottling.
"Deep, dark red/purple colour. The aroma is floral and aromatic, the palate full-bodied and firm with abundant ripe tannins and a long, smooth tail. Intense and balanced, harmonious and long. A very stylish shiraz."
91 points, Huon Hooke (July 2018)
"Taut primary fruit with vanilla accents. The palate is tightly-bound with intense cherry and mulberry flavours. It's modern and snappy with amazing fruit intensity. Room to grow. Best with food."
91 Points, Toni Paterson MW (September 2018)