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Some precious old blocks of ancient vine Grenache still remain after a government sponsored program to cull unproductive vineyards during the 1980s. Yielding excruciatingly small harvests of the most characterful fruit, these wizzened old veterans deliver small batch vintages which are evocative of the old world classics from Cotes du Rhone. The enduring Wirra Wirra were established 1894, their eclectic range belies the splendour of small parcels which are separately handled and bottled for exclusive release. The Absconder draws fruit from vines planted a century ago, it merits a breathing and decant, an articulation about the sublime excellence of old vine Australian Grenache... The compelling case for old vines grenache»
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Forest Hill Block 9 Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Mount Barker Western Australia
Forest Hill work hard at extracting the best possible Shiraz out of Block 9. Better soil maintenance with no herbicides and more composted material, while leaf plucking is applied earlier in the season and more diligently. The maturity of the vines, management of the property and evolution in the quality of fruit all impact on the excellence of the finished wine. Its long and fine, chewy structure is dominated by bold varietal fruit characters, while the background gamey nuances intensify the palate, along with subtle earthiness and sweet spice undertones.
Available in cases of 6
Case of 6
$329.50
The raw Shiraz grapes at vintage feature ripe, fleshy, berry flavours with firm, fine, elegant tannin. Vine health is fastidiously maintained and canopy densities are always optimal as a result of shoot thinning to ensure balanced growth. Grapes are cold soaked in eight-tonne fermenters to extract and retain desirable varietal flavours and aromas. The juices are vinified at around 45C to prevent over extraction of tannins locked in the skins. Macerations are not extended for the same reason. The wine is transferred to barrel for malolactic, softening the palate and completing the integration. Matured eighteen months in a combination of new and seasoned Francois Freres and Sirugue French oak bariques.
Dark red, purple hues. Intense aromas of blueberry and satsuma plum, subtle anise and earthy undertones. Intense flavours of red and black berries over a length of fine silky tannins, perfectly integrated within a long and generous mouthfeel, its palate sweetness and cherry ripe oak will continue to soften and evolve. A suitable match to the finest red meat gourmandise.
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