Shiraz Rousanne Great Southern Western Australia
An assemblage of Shiraz and Rousanne from the finest vineyards south of Mt. Barker, harvested throughout the cooler temperatures of early morning at closely timed passes amongst the vines to create a Syrah of structure and complexity. Each site contributes a uniqueness and influence adding a different personality to the final wine. An elegant, medium weighted Syrah with abundant spice and graceful tannins, co fermentation with portions of the Roussanne grape adds another layer of texture and depth to this emerging Mt Barker style.
The vineyard enjoys near perfect conditions, warmth in the morning, afternoon cloud cover to reduce solar radiation and cooler nights. Mature Shiraz vines are trained to vertical shoot position trellising. Grapes are de-stemmed and crushed, the fruit is chilled on its way to fermenters. Whole bunch inclusions and wild yeast inoculation contribute exciting complexity. Musts are transferred to closed static fermenters for three weeks vinification on skins, while being treated to several pumpovers for aeration each day. Upon completion, parcels are passed through a membrane press to a selection of new and seasoned French oak barrels for a minimum eighteen months maturation. Alcohol 16.0%
Deep, crimson red. Rich with spice and black fruits, an abundance of aromatics, white pepper, nutmeg and cherries with undertones of vanilla bean, dried lavender and coffee. The intriguing spice and floral nuances continue on the palate which is lively and medium in weight, followed by a persistent length and tightly knit set of youthful tannins. Impressively complex with outstanding texture, depth and structure, Artisan is eminently drinkable upon release and will evolve magnificently.