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.
Selected parcels of fruit sourced from the exceptional Malakoff vineyard were fermented on skins for eight to ten 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, American and Hungarian oak Hogsheads (300 litres). After 15 months maturation, the best barrels were selected and following several weeks of tasting, the resulting blend was finalised. Bottled unfiltered in December 2013, only 200 cases of this very special wine were created.
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|
Delicious flavours of cherry and plum, with hints of nutmeg and chocolate integrate smoothly through the vanilla oak. Robust yet refined this elegant, cool climate Shiraz features delightful drive, length and supple tannins. Enjoyable now for its wonderful flavours, or savour over the next decade.
With its rich, delicate flavours, this wine pairs beautifully with a Sunday roast lamb, an Italian casserole or eggplant parmigiana.
Fantastic now, but will also age gracefully for years.
|Date Bottled||June 2015|
Blueberry, cassis, chocolate, hints of violets and subtle Pyrenees mint aromas lead to a rich palate of black currants and anise, incorporating the supple tannins and mocha from the well integrated French oak. Elegant and well structured, this wine will evolve superbly for many years.