Shiraz Pyrenees Victoria
Excellent Langtons Classification. A more masculine style of Shiraz, a wine of immense power and complexity, vinified from parcels of small, gnarled berries with massive concentration of fruit characters, picked off the most enduring vines grown to the parched western districts of country Victoria. The structure and complexity is impressive, exhibiting the taste and nose of Grand Cru Hermitage. An appealing freshness to the wine brings it forward, Dalwhinnie ages magnificently but is a profound experience to savour immediately upon release.
The Dalwhinnie vineyard is situated on the 37th parallel south within a unique amphitheatre that has its own meso climate, The poor fragile soils left over from alluvial mining projects in the early 1800s are some of the hardest and hungriest you will ever see. The site is totally frost free and the fruit is permitted to reach complete physiological ripeness nine out of ten years. The first Shiraz vines on the property, planted to the Grand Piano Block, were rootlings from the eminent Sunraysia Nurseries at Mildura. Harvest, which is carried out by hand, usually starts the third week in March and is completed around the first week in May. All vintage releases surpass expectations of this limited production wine.
Extraordinary colour, purple, red and bright. Very rich, smelling of ripe mulberry, amazing savouriness already with the intriguing Christmas pudding spices. The oak is beautifully integrated and well in the background. Vibrant nervy dark berry fruits explode on the palate suggesting serious concentrated power, yet the weight of the wine is elegant, displaying the Dalwhinnie hallmark black olive character. The fruit, oak and acid are in perfect harmony.