2017 Forest Hill Vineyard Shiraz
$ 30 / bottle
Bright purple hues. Lifted aromas of blue fruits and subtle floral spice. Medium bodied with fine ripe tannin and well balanced natural acidity.
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Our Shiraz was picked then de-stemmed into a combination of small open fermenters, maintaining as many whole berries as possible. In addition, we also filled a small vessel for 100% whole bunch fermentation (<5% of blend). Fermenters were pumped over or plunged by hand twice a day; temperature was held around 25°C. The wine was then pressed to Burgundian barriques, Hogsheads and larger format oak vessels (less than 15% new) for Malo-lactic fermentation, allowing a soft integration of the grape and oak tannins. The wine was blended, fined with egg whites and bottled after 12 months maturation.
Sourced from two main sites, Forest Hill Block 9 and East Mount Barker
GROWING AREA & SOILS
Forest Hill and East Mount Barker in the Great Southern. Gravel, loams over clay.
Block 9 is Dry Grown. Row orientation is North East-South West. Mount Barker East Vineyard rows planted East-West.
26th March to 12th April 2017
pH: 3.69, TA: 5.89 g/L, Alcohol: 14%
The 2017 growing season in Mount Barker was long and cool, beginning very wet and late. More than 800mm rainfall fell over 2016, well above the yearly average. This initial wet period was broken by a dry period in early Summer, however with moderate temperatures. Good fruit set for most varieties although veraison was late. The long cool season lead to ripe seeds and skins, whilst maintaining freshness in the fruit.