Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia
From fruit grown to the superlative Tullymore property, just east of Township Clare. Vines are planted on red clay loam over limestone soils at 450 metres above sea level, fruit is harvested as separate parcels according to flavour ripeness. Tullymore has yielded a gazette of award winning vintages ever since inaugural release, one of the most outstanding sites in Valley Clare to grow Shiraz. Two distinct mesoclimes on the east and west end of the property make a wine that's layered with flavour and complexity.
The majority of components are treated to several days cold soak maceration, concentrating the ripe berry fruit characters, followed by vinification in open top fermenters. The balance is vinified at cooler temperatures to retain aromatic intensity and reduce alcoholic extraction, before being run off for a course of concentration. Regular pumpovers maximize colour, flavour and tannin extraction from skins. Ferments are pressed off to a selection of new and second use French and American oak hogsheads for malolactic and a term of twenty months maturation. Rigorous barrel selection ensures that only the highest quality components are included into the finished wine.
Deep purple in the glass. A nose reminiscent of black and blue berry fruit, mocha and vanillin oak. The seductive palate is rich and intense with plum, black cassis fruit with hints of chocolate, liquorice and earthy exotic spices. Cedary oak is evident but well integrated and the finish is smooth and persistent. Drinks marvelously upon release and will develop handsomely.