Shiraz Margaret River Western Australia
An assemblage of Shiraz from the estate Foxcliffe and Kayella vineyards, fashioned into a style which draws inspiration from the timeless classics of la Vallee Rhône. The wine is treated to the most extravagant techniques, a complete destemming, cold soaking, and a traditional vinification. Aged in a mix of large oak vats and small barriques to retain the refined fruit and floral characters along with the more savoury, spicy elements derived from the vineyard. The result is a highly concentrated Shiraz with great richness and depth.
Soils are predominantly deep sandy loams with high lateritic gravel content over clay. Shoot and leaf removal techniques are employed to ensure a balance between exposure and protection from midday sun. Grapes are selectively harvested based on flavour and tannin maturity. Berries are sorted and destemmed, parcels are kept separate and vinified on skins for a fortnight. Upon achieving a balance of fruit and tannin extraction, each batch is gently basket pressed, harder pressings are put aside. Components are racked to Burgundy coopered barriques and large oak vats for malolactic. Regular rackings over a course of fourteen months are followed by a final assemblage into the final wine.
Dark red with crimson hues. Vibrant red and black fruits including beetroots and blueberry, along with aromatic ground spices and dark chocolate. Plush ripe fruit of wild berries and plums balanced by black pepper and aniseed, the flavours combine with a firm yet savoury tannin structure that provides the framework for a long and satisfying finish.