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2014 Ironmonger Shiraz Cabernet

Only released in certain vintages. A full bodied red blend.
$35.00 inc GST

Frederick and Herbert’s grandfather Edward Kay owned an ironmongers in Newcastle until he passed away in 1849. William, the father of Bert and Fred, used his inheritance to book passage on the ship Sea Queen to Adelaide. Sarah Catcheside, William’s future wife, was on the same voyage. William’s brother Robert stayed in England for another 10 months to arrange sale of the foundry before joining his brother. Robert went on to marry Sarah’s sister Anne Catcheside.

 

In an ironic turn of events the property which Fred and Bert purchased, Amery is scattered with large veins of ironstone which make up a considerable portion of the underlying geology. So much so that it was ironstone that was used to construct much of the original buildings and walls of the winery.

 

The Ironmonger is crafted from a remarkably expressive parcel of our Amery vineyard - full of character reflecting the season, and will not be produced in every year.  The Cabernet grapes were sourced from our block 22 and the Shiraz from block 4, 11 and new block 6. Traditionally processed in open top fermenters and then basket pressed, the wine was matured in a combination of French, American and Eastern European oak hogsheads. Each variety was kept separate for 12 months at which point the wine was racked, blended and returned to oak for a further 6 months before bottling.

 

Deep garnet in colour it exhibits blackberry, plums, dried fig plus a hints of clove on the nose. The palate is powerful and complex with lashings of stewed fruit and dark chocolate. Fine lingering tannins providing length and structure.   

 

Frederick and Herbert’s grandfather Edward Kay owned an ironmongers in Newcastle until he passed away in 1849. William, the father of Bert and Fred, used his inheritance to book passage on the ship Sea Queen to Adelaide. Sarah Catcheside, William’s future wife, was on the same voyage. William’s brother Robert stayed in England for another 10 months to arrange sale of the foundry before joining his brother. Robert went on to marry Sarah’s sister Anne Catcheside.

 

In an ironic turn of events the property which Fred and Bert purchased, Amery is scattered with large veins of ironstone which make up a considerable portion of the underlying geology. So much so that it was ironstone that was used to construct much of the original buildings and walls of the winery.

 

The Ironmonger is crafted from a remarkably expressive parcel of our Amery vineyard - full of character reflecting the season, and will not be produced in every year.  The Cabernet grapes were sourced from our block 22 and the Shiraz from block 4, 11 and new block 6. Traditionally processed in open top fermenters and then basket pressed, the wine was matured in a combination of French, American and Eastern European oak hogsheads. Each variety was kept separate for 12 months at which point the wine was racked, blended and returned to oak for a further 6 months before bottling.

 

Deep garnet in colour it exhibits blackberry, plums, dried fig plus a hints of clove on the nose. The palate is powerful and complex with lashings of stewed fruit and dark chocolate. Fine lingering tannins providing length and structure.   

 

Only the second release of the “Ironmonger”, to be made only in years when this style of Shiraz Cabernet blend is truly expressive. The Shiraz was sourced from our Hillside block 11 and the Cabernet grapes from block 22. The vines growing in soil which is underlain by deposits of “Ironstone” gravel and rock.

The Shiraz was fermented in a large format French oak vat which underwent extended maceration, spending 56 days on skins. The Cabernet grapes were processed in open top fermenters. Both parcels were then traditionally basket pressed with the Shiraz returning to its original fermenting vat and the Cabernet transferred into French oak barriques. After 17 months of oak maturation each variety was racked out of barrel, blended together and sent to bottle.


Colour:    Deep garnet

Nose: Rose petals, perfume, raspberries, charcuterie and a hint of cigar box.

Palate: Soft and elegant with flavours of Morello cherry and dark chocolate, crunchy acidity and fine powdery tannins. A traditional Shiraz Cabernet blend that is elegant, interesting and complex.

 

 

“…true to form, a ferruginous core of iron-clad tannins cleans up the finish and tow the wine long, tactile and juicy.”  94 points - 2018 James Halliday Wine Companion

Products specifications
Alcohol By Volume 14.5%
Wine Style Red Blend
Vintage 2014
Variety Shiraz, Cabernet
Bottle Size 750ml
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