SHIRAZ

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The Hills Shiraz

We have one Shiraz vineyard of approximately 0.75 hectare. The vineyard is established on deep, well drained weathered granite soils and is located on the crest of a hill. The vineyard is trellised and the canopy managed throughout the season to ensure optimum phenolic ripeness of the grapes. Supplementary drip irrigation is applied. The crop is reduced to between 10 and 12 tons per hectare by suckering soon after bud burst, followed by one ‘green harvest’ later in the year. This contributes to high quality fruit. Grapes are picked by hand.

Blend: Shiraz    100%

Winemaking: Fermented with selected yeasts in semi-open fermentation vats. Made in a classic, low intervention manner without extended maceration. Matured for 24 months in new, second and third fill French Oak barrels, racked at intervals as necessary. Polished with a very light egg white fining.

Tasting Notes:

Colour: Deep garnet red.

Aroma: The nose is characterized by ripe berry and plum aromas, with a hint of freshly ground black pepper.

Palate: Ripe black cherry and dark plum flavours dominate, backed by black pepper and spicy notes. Fruit and oak are well integrated, with subtle vanilla flavours and a hint of mocha.

This Shiraz is a rich, full bodied wine with a complex spicy mid-palate and velvety finish.

Good to drink now but will continue to improve over the next 6 – 8 years if well kept.

Awards:

  • Shiraz 2010 – WineStyle People’s Choice           –  Gold Award
  • Shiraz 2009 – WineStyle People’s Choice 2014 – Double Gold Award

Platter’s Ratings:

Shiraz 2009 – 3 stars

Shiraz 2010 – 3 stars

Shiraz 2014 – see Platter’s 2018