2014 Clare Valley Shiraz
43% Doctor's Block Polish Hill River (organic), 43% Jefferies Armagh, 14% Angelo Maglieri McLaren Vale
Small batch ferment in two and four tonne fermenters over a twelve day period using natural yeast and hand plunged. The wine was left on skins post fermentation, for an additional fifteen days to enhance tannin complexity maximising flavour and length. Pressed to tank then racked to oak after four days (25% new French oak; 75% one and two year old French oak) for a total of two years
pH 3.45 TA 7 g\L ALC 14.5%
Nick Walker, David O'Leary
Ruby red with deep purple hues.
Violets, dark forest fruits, liquorice and intense mocha spice.
Concentrated and powerful. Rich fruit, plush silky tannins and balanced length of flavour.
David O'Leary recommends aged rib eye steak and smashed potatoes.
Drinking extremely well now or will evolve for a further eight - twelve years with careful cellaring.
2014 had a long cool ripening period resulting in fine elegant styles.