A variety with over a century of history in McLaren Vale, though its popularity has ebbed and flowed over the years.
Known for its ripe fruits and savoury, earthy under currents it provides a generous, robust mouth feel and loose knit tannin structure. In the past a small percentage of Mataro would be used to bolster colour and structure in our Shiraz.
Our small block planted at the base of the hill enjoys all the sun it can get, often being the last variety to be picked each year.
Fruit was hand harvested, crushed & destemmed then hand plunged utilising open top fermentation. Following 9 days on skins, traditional basket pressing in our 1928 basket press was employed. The wine then matured in French oak puncheons for 8 months.
The 2015 vintage growing season began with an extremely dry and warm spring. Flowering conditions were excellent therefore optimising fruit set. Mild but dry conditions continued in early summer until mid-January, when we received 33 mm of much welcome rain. The rain freshened canopies and kick started veraison. The final ripening period was warm but with cool nights and no extended heat waves, full flavour ripeness and nice natural acidity levels were preserved. This single vineyard wine is sourced from dry grown vines planted in 1993. Nestled close to the creek alluvial chocolate loamy soil lies over complex geology containing weathered calcareous sandstone and siltstone.Fruit was hand harvested on the 18th of March, immediately crushed, destemmed and hand plunged utilising open top fermentation. Following 9 days on skins, traditional basket pressing in our 1928 basket press was employed. The wine then matured in French oak puncheons for 8 months.
Colour: Deep crimson.
Nose: Lively aroma’s of violets, cherries and marzipan.
Palate: Loaded with flavours of black cherry, turkish delight and dark chocolate. Racy acidity helps enhances freshness.
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This traditional French variety has found a home nestled on the 'right bank' of the creek, opposite the century old Block 6 vines.
The Hillside vineyard was established in 1992 using cuttings from the century old Block 6. A classic example of full bodied McLaren Vale Shiraz.