International critics choice & Wine Advocate favourite!
Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Barossa South Australia
For such a small, hands on winemaking operation, Tait have won conspicuous praise from the most respected international reviewers. The attention to detail and strong relationships with the Barossa's best growers gives Bruno Tait access to high quality fruit which he fashions into a wine that reflects his own personality, generous and affable. A traditionally crafted, small batch wine, assembled from parcels of Barossa fruit that have been earmarked on the basis of opulence, exuberant tannins and refreshing acids, treated to the most adroit vinification techniques.
All fruit is picked at complete physiological ripeness, to obtain optimal balance of natural sugar and flavour development. Grapes are destemmed into open fermenters, pH is adjusted and vinification takes place over the course of a week at 24°C. The ferments are treated to hand plunging thrice daily until completion and basket pressed by hand in the old world style, a component is transferred to seasoned oak barrels for malolactic and maturation. A mostly Shiraz wine with inclusions of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, all parts are racked and returned to barrel two or three times throughout a term of twelve months, achieving a clarified wine that does not need any fining or filtration prior to bottling. Alcohol 15.5%
Deep red colour. Lifted aromas of ripe plums and spice, violets, vanillan and cardamon coffee grounds, cigarbox and creamy oak. An intense palate of dark fruit flavours, red currants and black bramble characters are supported by the most gripping tannins. A full bodied wine to accompany char grilled ribeye or ripe, pungent hard cheese.