Shiraz Goulburn Victoria
Small batch, artisanally crafted old world style Shiraz, from parched little grapes picked off a block of gnarled vines, established by Vincenzo Conte at Shepparton in the 1950s. Keith Brien was a commercial pilot who took a keen interest in all things oenological. He made the transition to viticulture after working vintages alongside eminent winemakeing identities in Pommard. Brien remains true to his principles of exceptional provenance, he sources from bespoke sites with limited yields and a quality of fruit that's second to none. Victorian Old Vine Shiraz at its sublime best.
Shiraz grapes are picked off the Vincenzo Conte block at Shepparton, precious old vines yielding a meagre 1.4 tonnes/acre. The gnarled old veterans have developed a natural affinity for the rugged terroirs and warmer climes of Goulburn. Fruit is crushed and treated to a spell of cold soak before traditional vinification. Batches are pressed off skins and held for a term on gross solids until completion of ferments and extended maceration, followed by transfer to a selection of seasoned French and American oak hogsheads for a course of malolactic and two years maturation. Bottled after racking, assemblage into the final wine and minimal filtration, two years after vintage.
Dark crimson red. Fragrant black bramble fruit notes followed by ribena plums, sticky black cherries seasoned by peppered anise and cocoa cedar oak. A concentration of fruit on the expansive palate, festive cakes and licorice spice, underpinned by earthiness and crisp, drying tannins. A Shiraz that evolves as it breathes, splendid alongside slow braised and corned brisket or gourmandize goat shepherds pie.