Shiraz Margaret River Western Australia
Shiraz is selected from vines grown to the central and northern part of Margaret River, parcels which have shown remarkable balance year after year, consistently yielding loose, intensely flavoured bunches with small berry size, critical to the Evans & Tate style. The superlative ripening conditions allow flavour and tannin development to catch up with sugar ripeness, producing an intensely coloured wine with ripe, concentrated flavours and fine, soft tannins. Evans & Tate have spared no expense and have pulled all the stops to deliver a world class Shiraz.
All grapes are hand picked throughout the cool of early morning, a choice parcel is included as whole bunches. The musts are transferred to a small fermenter and cold soaked at 5°C for several days, followed by ten days of ferment at 22°C to 24°C. Juices are rack and returned over the cap for the gentle extraction of colour and tannin. Upon completion, batches are gently pressed and pressings returned to the free runs, adding structure and style to the finished wine. Components are matured a year or more in a combination of seasoned and new French oak puncheons, hogsheads and barriques. Every batch represents an individual vineyard block and is kept separate until final assemblage.
Dense purple black. Bright mulberry and plum fruit aromas, lifted notes of spice and black pepper with a delicate layer of cedar and toast from barrel maturation. Mulberry, blood plum and pepper flavours seamlessly integrate with refined oak characters of cedar, toast and spice. Rich on the tongue with impressive overall integration and fruit intensity. The Margaret River of choice, to mate with seared rib and red wine jus.