Saltram Mamre Brook Shiraz 2012 CONFIRM 2012 VINTAGE

Shiraz Barossa + Eden South Australia
Some of Australia's most influential winemakers have passed through the Saltram cellar door during the estate's 150 years. Three generations of Salters made wine until 1937, the Dolans of Pepperjack fame took over the reins in the 1950s, producing many of Saltram's most memorable vintages. Mamre Brook is the original Salter family homestead, built in 1844 near the village of Angaston. Shiraz is sourced from mature Barossa vineyards and fashioned into the enduring Mamre Brook style of penetrating brambleberry flavours over fragrant vanilla oak.
Vines on the Saltram property are only sparingly irrigated, encouraging deeper self sustaining root systems, producing smaller berries with concentrated flavours, intense colour and higher tannins. This is particularly the case with some of the older vines planted to deeper soil types toward the bottom of hills and along the river flats. Fruit is crushed and de-stemmed before vinification on skins, developing intense colour and extracting soft tannins in a variety of different fermenters. Individual parcels are kept separate throughout the winemaking and assembled just prior to bottling. Mamre Brook is matured eighteen months in a combination of new and seasoned French and American oak barrels. Alcohol 15.0%
Dark red in colour with soft purple hues. Savoury black olive, smoked oyster and soy aromas are given additional complexity by dark notes of blackberry and dark cherry aromas, complexed liquorice and spice. The palate is richly textured with fine chalky tannins, the oak is elegant with spice and subtle vanilla stick aromas. Flavours of fresh plums, chocolate and spicy clove before a savoury old world finish, piquant plum and fragrant vanilla spice.
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