Shiraz Frankland Mt Barker Western Australia
The Castelli brothers are highly accomplished international engineers with a no expense spared approach to making great wine. Choice harvests from superlative vineyards at Frankland River and Mount Barker are assembled for an outstanding construct of Shiraz. Frankland River contributes rich mulberry flavours, Mt Barker adds complexity and spiced black pepper characters. An attractive earthy richness is at the core of the fine boned, textural palate, the oak is seamlessly integrated with the layers of fruit, all supported by fine, savoury tannins.
Choice harvests of Shiraz are crushed and held for several days of cold soak maceration, the musts are inoculated to yeasts RC212 and Clos for a warmer vinification at temperatures between 25°C and 30°C. Ferments are pumped over twice daily, while treated to a course of rack returns and a regimen of gentle extractions. After three weeks vinification on skins, timed to retain maximum intensity of fruit while brewing the softest tannins, batches are filled to a high proportion of new French oak barriques and puncheons, predominately Sirugue, Saury and Bossuet, for an extravagant term of extended maturation.