Complex aromatics with an edge of pretty violet scent provide an introduction to the fine ripe fruit and well managed tannins. The body and flavour linger on the palate to an exquisitely balanced finish.
This Australian Shiraz is full of that attractive perfumed delicacy that can only come from the sandy vineyards of this uncompromising site. A Rutherglen red marked by ripe sweet fruit and balanced with spice and savoury notes from French oak. The palate has notes of ripe, cherry-pit and raspberry scented fruit, with a lightness and elegance unique to the vineyard. Delicate fruit and very fine sandy textural tannins provide subtle, if resolute support. There is a prettiness and elegance to this wine, but it has the fruit intensity and structure to make it an incredibly complex powerful wine.
There are fewer finer matches to a top Rutherglen Shiraz than a gorgeously pink roast lamb. The plump fruit and savoury tones of the wine are perfect with the delicate meat and its succulent crust.
The care and restraint of this wine have given it the ability for lengthy cellaring. Our recommendation is for medium term 5-8 years.
The fruit was picked when perfectly ripe. Fully destemmed and fermented in our open vats with hand plunging three times a day. This wine is full of that alluring perfumed delicacy that can only come from the sandy vineyards of this uncompromising site. A Rutherglen red marked by sweet/savoury, multifaceted flavours and structure, this is certainly the purest, most complete Wahgunyah Shiraz to have passed our lips.
Rather than opt for one of our traditional long macerations we ran this wine to barrel whilst still warm and fizzing. The Shiraz spent twelve months in 225L French barriques, 1/3rd of which were new.
Shiraz is Australia’s favourite red grape and a regional treasure. We are lucky enough to have fruit from old vines, with all the intensity and depth of flavour that they bring. Shiraz is a pleasure to work with because of the way in which it carries flavours and aromas specific to the region and even the vineyard block, and layers these on top of a base of rich, soft plummy fruit.
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