Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz
Growing Region: Clare Valley, Australia
Senior Winemaker: Adam Eggins
Gold Medal - Syrah du Monde - 2009 & 2010
2004 was one of the great red vintages in the Clare Valley. The seasonal influences were more dramatic than usual. The valley experienced less than half the normal rainfall, November was warmer than average, December the hottest for some time and then January was one of the coolest on record. At the beginning of February a heat-wave descended upon the region and for sixteen days the average max temperature was 37.9C. Vintage commenced early, although ripening slowed when the temperatures returned to more normal levels and it ended up being a long, drawn-out vintage.
After a very careful and precise fermentation process, and then after racking (post MLF), the wine was returned to oak for maturation for a period of 14 months, and was not bottled until March 2007.
In the glass the wine is developing brick red with a deep crimson heart; its purple hues will continue to fade into soft red brick red as it ages. The bouquet has complex aromas of plum fruit, violets and spice with creamy vanilla from maturation in American oak. On the palate this is an elegant, full-bodied wine with rich texture. Fruit flavours of dark berries are complimented by subtle spice and hints of cedar which brings pleasing warmth to the palate. The finish is long and persistent.
Decant for 30-40mins - serve at 18C.
Drinking perfectly well this season; and over the next 3-4 years.
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with game meats, rich sauces and serve in a large glass, enjoy.