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Returned servicemen from the Great War could look forward to government grants of pastoral freehold. West Australia's Willyabrup Valley was such a place, just a short walk from the balmy beaches of Indian Ocean, it offered the veterans excellent potential for agriculture. The fertile lands of Sussex Vale were originally established to animal husbandry by the discharged troopers, generations of livestock enriched the soils and it was astutely sown to vines in 1973. Fortuitously placed at the very heart of the Australian west's most illustrious estates, it continued to occupy the thoughts of neighbouring Howard Park's chief winemaker, until he acquired the property and relaunched a softly spoken range of the most exquisite wines. Aspirants of the blue blooded styles from Margaret River will be delighted, redolent reds which bloom with berries and violet cassis, powerfully structured whites with substantial palates and crystalline fruit, chiselled and refined, the veteran vines of Hay Shed Hill... A better block on hay shed hill»

Pirathon Silver Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Full bodied, brimming with the superb flavour, fine textures and sound structure of truly grand Barossa Shiraz. Parcels are picked off dedicated grower vineyards around the ancient hamlets of northwest precincts, Moppa and Greenock, Stonewell and Belvedere, Seppeltsfield, Ebeneezer and Koonunga. Gullies and higher altitudes, steep hills, slopes and undulations make for an extraordinary variance of topographies, each a unique vineyard for the realization of harvests, articulating an individual expression of soil, terroir and clime.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$287.00
Shiraz is picked off low yielding vineyards by traditional family growers, each block adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon. Parcels are separately crushed into open top fermenters, a course of hand pumpovers gently extract colour and flavour from the fruit. Upon completion, batches are treated to a traditional press, followed by transfer to a selection of new and seasoned American, French, Russian and Hungarian oak hogsheads for maturation over a period of eighteen months, racked from barrel and ultimately assembled. The final Pirathon is bottled without fining or filtration, ensuring the true expression of the vineyards are preserved within the bottle.
Dark purple black colour. The perfumed bouquet is uplifting with bright aromas of blueberry, nutmeg spice, musk, juicy fruits, roses and plum. The serious and complex palate is mouth filling with generous dark fruit and balanced oak barrel characters. Fine integrated tannins give the wine solid structure. Overall, the pure varietal fruit, plush oak and rounded tannins give the wine beautiful harmony.
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