Fragrance and headiness, exudes intense perfume, mixed berry fruits, floral notes and spice. Primary fruit leads onto savoury graphite and white pepper underpinned by stalkiness and concentrated meatiness.
The addition of Mataro and co-fermentation with white grapes Viognier and Marsanne intensify the Shiraz character while providing complexity, richness and generosity.
* In August, 2016 Yarra Yering Winemaker Sarah Crowe was awarded one of the wine industry’s highest honours, being named by James Halliday as Winemaker of the Year for 2017 at the QANTAS epiQure Halliday Wine Companion Awards.
Fruit was hand-picked and destemmed directly to the Yarra Yering half-tonne open-fermenters. As much whole berry as possible is retained to encourage perfume. Stalks were added back to one-third of the fermenters in order to contribute structure and aroma. The wine was aged for 15 months in French oak barriques, 40% new before blending and bottling.
Varietals: 95% Shiraz, 2.5% Viognier, 2% Mataro, 0.5% Marsanne
Region: Yarra Valley (Gruyere)
Vines: Original 1969 plantings of Shiraz and Marsanne with additional Shiraz, Mataro & Viognier drawn from vines planted from 1984 to 1995.
Cellaring: Drinking beautifully at present but this vineyard has a proven pedigree and track record thus it will continue to evolve for a further 20+ years under suitable cellaring conditions.
Analysis: 13.5 % ALC
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