Shiraz Barossa South Australia
The old fashioned practice of treating ferments to a manually operated basket press, preserves the elemental rectitude and textural integrity of good wine. Bruno Tait sources a unique parcel of Shiraz from a single vineyard at Rowland Flat which yields a meagre tonne and a half per acre. The precious old vines are seventy years of age, they are consulted by Bruno twice a week at vintage time to determine the perfect day for picking. The vinification is wholly natural and very old world in style, an extremely limited 240 dozen are produced.
The time of vintage is crucial for such a generously high alcohol wine, Shiraz is picked only when fully physiologically ripe, as natural fruit sugars and juicy esters are at their peak. Grapes are de stemmed into open vessels, pH is adjusted and the musts are vinified at 24°C over the course of ten days. Ferments are treated to a regimen of plunging and pumpovers three times daily for optimal extraction of colour, flavour and tannin. Upon completion, juices are given passage through an old fashioned basket press into a selection of seasoned American oak barrels for malolactic and maturation, rack and returned over a term of eighteen months to achieve a natural filtration. Alcohol 16.0%
Deep black purple. Intense aromas of blackcurrant, stewed plums and cherry, chocolate, allsorts and carob. Full bodied, berry filled palate layered with black bramble characters, drenched with cherry liqueur and compote reduction, its ripe substantive tannins and elegant oak frame a carriage of warming plum suet fruit flavours, before a long, sweetly everlasting finish.