A youthful yet savoury shiraz, with plenty of cranberry, damson and blackberry fruit aromas on the nose. Hints of dried herbs and leather are complemented by some delicate smoky notes. On the palate, the red and black fruit continues, with juicy, approachable tannins, an elegant bitter twist on the back palate, and mouth-pleasing finish.
2021 vintage started off with average winter rainfall after the very dry 2020 Summer. Then an abnormally cold October and November temperatures affected flowering and fruit set on many varieties. Some untimely early February rains threatened to spoil what was otherwise a very nice even season, however sunshine, warmth and stable weather patterns prevailed with 2021 looking to be a classical Great Southern vintage.
Machine and hand picked picked in the cold early morning and destemmed to both open and closed fermenters with 10% whole bunch inclusion for berry fruit expression, then allowed to cold soak until the temerature warmed up for fermentation to initiate. 5 days on skins and pressed early to a mixture of older oak and stainless steel for maturation to allow the wines soft, expressive fruit to shine. Bottled early to capture freshness.
Cellar Potential: 3 – 5 years
Winemakers: Andrew Vesey and Chris Murtha
Growing Region: Great Southern