Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Leconfield proprietor Dr Richard Hamilton's outstanding estate vineyard in McLaren Vale has delivered a salubrious bounty once again. Richard is the fifth generation of Hamiltons to make wine. For over three decades, the good doctor has directed his passion and skill to extracting the most precious yields from his family vineyards, the oldest of which date back to 1892. Richard Hamilton is crafted to represent a profound definition of varietal fruit, while exhibiting great palate length, as it represents a salient expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz.
The focus is on a wine of good fruit, tight structure and palate roundness. Much of the Shiraz is selected from vines up to forty years of age, planted to sandy clay loam and black clay loam soils on the Leconfield farm. Grapes are treated to a detailed hand clean up following initial machine pruning. Following three weeks vinification on skins at 22C to 28C, components are pressed before conmplete dryness for a course of oak fermentation. Upon completion of malolactic, components are re worked and returned to oak for up to eighteen months in a combination of new and seasoned French and American oak barrels. The final assemblage receives a light egg white fining before bottling. Alcohol 14.0%
Deep dark red with attractive crimson hues. A fruit dominant wine showing mint, plum and black pepper. Oak derived spice characters of cinnamon and nutmeg augment the nose. Expect to see cedar characters as the wine develops. The palate shows definitive Shiraz flavours with the richness to be expected of a McLaren Vale wine. The tannins are tight and long with round texture, clean acidity and excellent persistence.