Shiraz Mt Barker Western Australia
Capel Vale played an important role in the establishment of West Australian viticulture and the recognition of Mount Barker as a world class winegrowing region. The ocean breezes here are the cleanest and most pristine to be found anywhere. Cool and windy with overcast skies, planted to propitious soils overlooking the Porongurup Mount Ranges, a profound microclime for harvests of the most sensational Shiraz grapes. A bloom of violet and bramble bouquets before a seamless, plushly lined palate, seasoned by a sprinkle of aromatic pepper notes, supported by a carpet of tightly woven tannins.
The winemaking philosophy at Capel Vale is to make intensely fruit driven and complex, powerful yet elegant wines, from fruit grown specifically to the mesoclime that's most favourable. Every Capel Vale vineyard was established from day one with the grape varieties most appropriate for the climate and terroir. Shiraz grapes are destemmed but not crushed for a maximum inclusion of whole berries. Musts are chilled and cold soaked for several days. Choice yeasts are added to initiate a traditional vinification in controlled fermenters. Upon completion, the batches are pressed, settled and racked off lees for a course of malolactic and maturation in a selection of the vey finest oak.