Shiraz Langhorne Creek South Australia
It's a bit of an enduring truism along the banks of Bremer River, that you need double letters in your name to qualify as a Langhorne Creek winemaker. Outstanding quality fruit and excellence in the art of vinification are essential too. The Willson family had been selling their grapes to the nation's most conspicuous brands, before they took the plunge to retain the best of harvest for their own label. Selkirk is an eminent Langhorne Creek Shiraz which has chalked up prestigious accolades, including Australian Wine & Brandy Corporation Trophy for Best Red.
Langhorne Creek is renowned for the annual flooding of Bremer River, which replenishes the rich alluvial soils and contributes enticing eucalypt characters into the wines, courtesy of the ubiquitous gum trees which populate the region.
A meticulously managed, hands on viticulture and controlled yields translate into vintages of profound Shiraz wine. Following harvest and a term of cold soak, grapes are inoculated in traditional small batch open top fermenters. Upon completion, Selkirk spends eighteen months in a selection of American oak barriques. A high proportion of new oak, up to a third, enhances palate structure and adds luxurious complexity without masking the quality of fruit.
Deep, vibrant colour. Rich aromas of blackberries, ripe cherry and black plum are complemented by spicy oak, lifted by red currant and pepper notes. An exquisitely balanced palate structure, lined with dark bramble fruit flavours, framed by polished oak and supported by chewy, toothsome tannins. Decanting is advised, Selkirk matches well with the finest haute cuisine.