Shiraz Mount Barker Western Australia
Two Steps is a wine of stately black fruit flavours and elegant spice character, crafted from parcels grown to mesoclimes which are being recognized the world over for the the sterling quality of Shiraz. The warm days of Mount Barker deliver a perfect measure of sunshine for optimal ripening, the chilly, often frosty nights, extend the growing season, developing flavours and tannins to the fullest. Restraint in the vinification achieves a highly articulate Shiraz of power, structure and grace, to mate alongside the finest gourmandise.
A long campaign to acquire the oldest and most distinguished vineyards across the finer viticultural precincts of Great Southern, has delivered the West Cape Howe team with an invaluable endowment from which to draw the finest fruit. The choicest parcels of estate grown Frankland River Shiraz are earmarked on the basis of aromatic intensity, concentration of flavour and ripe tannins. Parcels are separately treated to a term of cold soak maceration for optimal extraction. Ten days of ferment on skins are followed by eighteen months in a selection of seasoned and new, exclusively French oak barrels. The best barrels are determined and isolated for assemblage into the finished wine.
Deep inky red with garnet hue. Lifted aromas of ripe plum, subtle hints of spicy clove, pleasantly balanced by nuances of French oak. Rich and inviting palate, a core of dark fruits, liquorice and spice. Dusty tannins in support, spicy French oak lingering on the finish. A match to Entrecote et glace de viande, moelle et brioche.