The steep hills and eastern aspect of the Malakoff vineyard capture the morning sun, and the unique terroir produces distinctively aromatic, rich and silky Shiraz, with a delicious plumpness. Small-tub fermentation and deft use of French oak have softened this big, powerful red.
Full bodied yet soft makes this Shiraz an ideal match with refined meat dishes
such as bbq’d meats and casseroles.
Now to 2025
Selected parcels of fruit sourced from the exceptional Malakoff vineyard were
fermented on skins for 8 to 10 days in open oak barrels and hand plunged
to maximise fruit aroma and flavour without excessive tannin extraction.
Pressings and Free Run were combined and the wine was transferred to
new French oak Hogsheads. After 10 months maturation, the best barrels
were selected and after several weeks of tasting the final blend was finalised
including a dash of Viognier. Only 200 cases of this very special wine were
created, bottled in September 2017.
|Date Bottled||17th September 2017|
|Residual Sugar||2.6 g/l|
Deep, dark garnet.
Vibrant, dark red in colour with fresh plum, cherry, stewed rhubarb with hints of white pepper and Chinese five-spice on the nose. The lively palate has delightful ripe cherry and plum flavours, while warm subtle spices and cocoa contribute to the complexity, integrating with the savoury oak and supple tannins. A refined and aromatic Shiraz, with delightful drive and length, delivering a seamless, smooth finish.
This elegant, cool climate Shiraz is enjoyable for its youthful freshness, or to savour over the next decade.
Both large static and traditional open top fermenters were used to ferment on skins for seven to ten days, using a variety of yeasts to increase fruit vibrancy and complexity. MLF was encouraged on skins and completed in tank prior to 12 months ageing in old and new French, American and Hungarian hogsheads.
The final blend is a compilation of fruit from a number of growers in the region, along with some estate fruit. The regional blending from several vineyards has produced wonderful complexity and depth of flavours.
Rich cherry red.
Scents of plum, freshly baked fruit pie and haunting notes of nutmeg, aniseed and hints of white pepper. The lively palate is full of sweet, dark berries while subtle mint and chocolate contribute to the complexity, integrating with the savoury oak and supple tannins. A delightful drive and length with acid backbone deliver a smooth, seamless finish.
This Shiraz is perfect served with red meats such as BBQ lamb or wagyu beef, and with oily fish such as grilled tuna or roast salmon. It is also delicious with an array of Asian cuisine including Indian butter chicken or Singapore chilli crab.
Fantastic now, but will also age gracefully for years.
The Estate vineyard provides blending diversity with different clones and different aged vines from several blocks. Fermented in traditional small open top fermenters and hand plunged twice daily for to 10 days using a variety of yeasts. MLF was encouraged on skins and completed in tank prior to 15 months ageing in old and new French, American and Hungarian hogsheads. The inclusion of Viognier at fermentation and in the assemblage balances the wine’s spicy cool climate origins and accentuates the floral notes.
|Residual Sugar||0.0 g/l|
Black cherry red.
Deep crimson red to dark burgundy colour with long legs. Well balanced with a bit of natural residual sugar to round up a typical fresh acidity from cool climate Shiraz. This Shiraz has plenty of aromas such as white pepper, cassis, plums, blackcurrant, mocha and fresh mint.
This Shiraz would be best served with roasted lamb, steak Wagyu, Lasagna, or creamy curries. It can also be paired beautifully with a variety of cheeses like Mozzarella, Cheddar or Brie.
Sourced from 45 years old vines rocky loam soils located on the Central eastern slopes of the Pyrenees ranges at 280 metres. The grapes were machine harvested mid-April, crushed, de-stemmed and transferred into stainless tanks. Grapes were cold macerated for seven days before alcoholic fermentation. Fermentation took place over 21 days (in stainless steel) with the selected yeast, and once primary fermentation was over, skins were pressed and wine transferred into American (25%), French (50%) and Hungarian (25%) oak barrels for 24 months. Finally, the wine was racked, blended and prepared for bottling.
Deep black cherry
A deep, black cherry hue with spicy plum and pepper, and the aroma of mixed berries lead to a full, rich palate. Sweet blueberries and mulberries flavours are underscored by subtle anise and nutmeg integrating with the savoury oak and supple tannins. The obvious fruit flavours are harnessed by the elegant structure, making for a refined and aromatic Shiraz, with delightful drive. The long, lingering powdery tannins deliver a seamless, smooth finish.
An elegant cool climate Shiraz that is superb drinking now, yet can be savoured over the next decade.
|Date Bottled||December 2015|