Shiraz Pyrenees Victoria
Amherst is a town rich with colourful history and local folklore, site of the first official gold find in 1851, it launched a mining rush which expanded throughout central Victoria. The district's history with viticulture is also long and auspicious. Vines were planted here in the earliest days of settlement, many of the miners turned their efforts to winegrowing or constructing cellars for the burgeoning wine industry. Bonindra is a superior single vineyard Shiraz from fruit grown to elite parcels planted in the northern Pyrenees ranges near Landsborough.
Samuel Dunn was an early Amherst resident, one of the first settlers to plant grapes in the Pyreness. His land was exploited for sheep grazing, until diggers found the locality alive with gold. The property was returned to viticulture in the 1990s and has since earned a reputation for limited releases of the finest Pyrenees wines. Grapes are all hand picked off Bonindra Vineyard, crushed, destemmed and inoculated to a number of different yeast strains for several days of ferment. The musts are basket pressed and the juices transferred to a selection of new and seasoned French oak barrels for an extended term of age. The finished wine is bottled with minimal fining and filtration to preserve the integrity of a great vineyard.
Deep garnet colour. Rich, ripe, bright blackberry spice nose. A savoury palate, exhibiting distinctive spicy clove characters and dark berry flavours. As with all vintages of Amherst, the amount of oak and alcohol is kept in check to ensure that the wine remains in perfect balance. French oak plays a supporting role, the tannin structure is soft and very fine, making Bonindra an attractive prospect alongside find food, immediately upon release.