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Shiraz Adelaide Hills South Australia
The Adelaide Hills Lane Vineyard was established after an exhaustive search to find a property with the perfect aspects and soil to plant vines. John Edwards acquired his affinity for viticulture and honed his skills alongside the most gifted Adelaide Hills winemakers during a tour of duty at Starvedog Lane. The choicest grapes, hand picked off twenty year old vines, grown to the elite Block 14, are minimally crafted into a beautifully perfumed, elegantly structured and singularly articulate wine, which speaks profoundly of single vineyard Adelaide Hills Shiraz.
Shiraz is harvested off vines planted north to south, on a northerly facing slope, atop an elevation of a lofty 450 metres. Bunches are painstakingly thinned throughout the growing season to limit yields, to concentrate flavour and strike the perfect balance between ripe fruit sugars, refined acidity and gentle tannins. A sound environmental approach means an aversion to pest and herbicides, with a view to promoting abundant organic ecosystems within the soil profile and natural control of pests under the vine canopy. Fruit is treated to a minimalist style of fermentation and a good old fashioned basket press, following techniques accumulated during a number of informative semesters at Henschke and Seppelt's Great Western.
Intense garnet red, vibrant ruby hue. Lifted violet nose, wildflowers and vibrant bouquets of aromatic blue and black berry notes. A generous palate of black fruit flavours, licorice and pepper spice over soft, silky minerality. The new, feminine style of Australian Pinot Noir, endowed with pure fruit characters and supported by soft tannins.