Shiraz Hilltops New South Wales
The McWilliams Barwang Vineyard is trained to yield grapes which express the unique characteristics of the exclusive Hilltops region, delivering distinctive Shiraz wines. Barrel fermentations enable better integration of fruit and oak, adding another layer of complexity. In keeping with it's Rhone valley counterparts, predominantly French Vosges oak barrels are employed in the ageing process to add length and impart elegance.
The Hilltops enjoy an adequate amount of reliable rainfall, some heavy snowfalls and frost in winter are quite common, with mild days and cool nights, allowing for the slow, even ripening of fruit. Grapes are harvested throughout the cool of night to retain fresh fruit flavours. Bunches are destemmed into open top fermenters for inoculation with cultured yeasts. Fermentations are held at 20°C to 22°C to preserve the spicy Shiraz character while maintaining a tight, fruit driven style. Juices are pumped over and the cap headed down, drained and pressed off, followed by transfer to a selection of new and seasoned French and American oak barrels to complete primary and malolactic ferments.
Vibrant red purple with crimson hues. Spicy black pepper and dark plums dominate the lively nose. Balanced levels of chocolate and nutmeg oak contribute complexity and lift. A fleshy, fruit driven palate dominated by fruit flavours of rhubarb and black cherries coupled with varietal black spice. Has a fine, long tannin finish with judicious oak providing balance and length. Drink now alongside roast duck, venison or lamb.