Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Short Row is crafted from harvests of intensely flavoured Shiraz grapes, sourced off the best McLaren Vale blocks and from Fox Creek 's own short rows of vine, adjacent to the estate cellars. Short Row boasts an illustrious history of wine show triumphs ever since inaugural release. Endowed with rich and powerful aromas, an amazing palate of blackberry fruit, toast and sweet red berries, all wrapped in velvety soft tannins, culminating with a long and dry, flavoursome finish. The classic McLaren Vale style, it responds well to a course of decanting.
The vines on Short Row block are planted for optimal light exposure, translating into yields of the most flavoursome Shiraz grapes. Fruit is vinified on skins for seven to ten days in open fermenters prior to pressing, the majority is treated to a spell of oak barrel fermentation. Parcels are matured in varying proportions of new and one year old French and American oak barrels for eighteen months. Components are selected for inclusion based on fruit intensity and richness, structure and refined integration of oak. While made to drink well upon release, like all good wine, Short Row rewards the enthusiast who will take the time to decant and set aside for breathing.
Deep purple/ crimson hue. Ethereal perfume of nutmeg and musk, cinnamon and vanilla, intertwined with aromas of plum and raspberries, strawberries and red cherry, all sitting on a layer of dusty, smoky toast. Rich fruit driven front and mid palate crammed full of cherries and plum, strawberries and cream. This ball of richness is a hallmark of the style, youthful grape tannins provide a gritty texture and length that will continue to soften and integrate.