Shiraz Yarra Valley Victoria
Nillumbik means shallow earth, so named by the original inhabitants to signify a lack of top soils lost to undulating terrains. The western edges of Yarra Valley are covered by a harsh and hilly topography which can challenge winemakers as the unaccomodating soils and aspects produce grapes of concentration and intensity. Fruit is sourced from the eminent Witchmount Vineyard which claimed Best Shiraz of the World trophy at the Syrah Du Monde in 2008. A richly flavoured wine characterized by its cool climate fruit characters, blackberries, pepper and spice.
Nillumbik Estate have been producing award winning Yarra Valley wines for many years. The vinification techniques are ancient and very natural, handed down the generations by forebears from the old world. Volumes are kept small and the attention to detail is very high, the work is all done by hand as good winemaking cannot be done by machine to achieve the highest quality. The best parcels of Shiraz grapes are sorted and crushed before inoculation and the onset of fermentation in traditional vessels, closely monitored for the maximum extraction of flavours and tannin. The finished wine is matured up to eighteen months in a selection of new and serasoned, exclusively French oak barriques. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep garnet colour. Aromas of cherry and blackberry, cedar and spice. A bouquet that's full of varietal fruit complexity, thick with spicy peppery notes. On the palate, it is dense and weighty, blackberry and dark cherry fruit complement the chocolate oak. Lives up to its legendary reputation as a world class wine, intense and full of flavour, brimming with powerful fruit, whilst offering a smooth and lingering finish.