This is a bold and powerful wine from Australia, specifically 2016 which was a bumper year for Australian wine! With its bright purple colour with red hues it delicious even on the eye.
The balanced aromas of fragranced plums and cherries, with interesting spice notes of paprika and a warm rhubarb pie. These follow onto the palate, with the addition of mulberry. The reassuring long finish offers soft and silky tannins subtle oak flavours too.
Food Match: Heavier foods, spicy, herby, your favourite roast
||Organic, Biodynamic, Vegan
||Shiraz & Grenache
||2g/l Residual Sugar Only
||69mg/l Natural & Added Sulphites
Read more about no sulphites added wine labelling here (short read). Find out more about differences between organic, vegan and natural wines here (long read).
Vintage: 2016 was a very strong year in McLaren Vale. After 6 months without rain we had 40mm in the first week of February. This slowed down the baumes and allowed the acidity to catch up, therefore giving the fruit flavour equilibrium. Berry numbers were high due to an even veraison, leading to the highest quality crops and tonnages.
Vinification: Individual vineyard parcels of Shiraz and Grenache were selected when they reached optimum sugar and flavour equilibrium. The parcels were kept separate throughout picking, de-stemming and fermenting, enhancing the unique characters of each vineyard. Fermentation was carried out in open top and static fermenters. During this process, each parcel was plunged and/or pumped over twice a day for 14 days, to extract colour, flavour and tannin structure. The ferments were pressed to seasoned French and Hungarian oak barriques, where they were nurtured for 12 months prior to blending and bottling.