SINGLE VINEYARD SHIRAZ
We don’t really believe in the whole “single vineyard” carry on that is evident in parts of the industry. Most of our wines use fruit from a variety of Barossa microclimates to deliver balance, length and complexity.
It was a bit of a shock then, when having an early look at the Shiraz on Mark’s Strait Gate Vineyard to find the most amazingly, intense flavours emerging. There was a lot of debate about what to do with it. As most was under a loose contract to a well know company that always picks 2 weeks too early (run by accountants?).
In the end we sequestered 5 rows from the early harvest and the, with our hearts in our mouths, gave the fruit another 2 weeks, into the heat wave that followed. We lost about 20-25% of the volume of the fruit but were more than sufficiently rewarded with the amazing intensity achieved.
The wine is dense, dark and inky. Early tasters can see opulent red fruits, dry herbs and even some formic acid as well as plum, Christmas cake tar, blackberry, various spices, chocolate and blackberries. The wine is velvety and voluptuous and, already, completely balanced. The top quality oak is restrained but compliments the fine, slightly dusty tannins.
The wine will develop for 15 years or more but, given to miniscule quantity available, is unlikely to survive that long. It needs to be decanted well before drinking. It is fabulous with a good steak.