The fruit for this wine came from the famed Tullymore vineyard in the north eastern foothills of the Clare Valley. This vineyard has produced medal winning wines from the very first crop. The deep red loam over quartz volcanic rock on east facing slopes at an elevation of 450 meters makes this one of the best sites in Clare to grow Shiraz.
Excellent ripening conditions prevailed in the Clare Valley this vintage. Warm days and cool nights allowed steady flavour development and acid retention. Good winter rains followed by a warm spring set the vintage up for near perfect conditions. A January heatwave nearly undid all the great lead up until 90mm of rain fell slowing ripening down and returning the very favourable growing conditions that has led to this fantastic wine.
All parcels from the Tullymore vineyard received a five day cold soak in open top fermenters in order to softly extract the dark and brooding characters of the berries. Fermentations occurred at low temperatures in order to retain aromatic intensity. The ferments were regularly pumped over to maximise colour, flavour and tannin extraction from the skins. The wine spent 20 months in French oak barrels and went through a rigorous barrel selection prior to blending.
Winemakers tasting notes
The aroma is layered with dense black forest fruits and olive tapenade. Hints of cedar, cigar box and spicy dried fruits sit subtly in the background. This is a wine of amazing palate length and fruit texture, packed with dark forest fruits, cassis, black olives and liquorice allsorts. It has long elegant savoury tannins and soft delicate acidity. As winemakers we aim to preserve the amazing and concentrated fruit lavours of the vineyard through minimal intervention. The French oak used helps balance the tannins whilst not over powering them. This is a wine that will continue to impress well into a decade of its life.
pH 3.4 | Alc. 14.9% | TA 7.2 g/l