This shiraz is all about cool climate elegance only thriving on warmer sites. Aromas of black plums, spices & violets. The palate of black berries & white pepper combine to define this elegant cool climate shiraz. Maturation in French oak for 12 months gives hints of cedar, vanilla & soft tannins.
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Aromas of black plums, spices & violets.
Geraldine McFaul at Willow Creek vineyard
The palate of red plum, blackcurrants & white pepper combine to define this elegant cool climate shiraz. Maturation in French oak for 12 months gives hints of clove, vanilla & soft tannins.
Rain events did create moderate disease pressure during the growing season but were often followed by prolonged periods of mild & dry weather so there was little disease occurrence. Temperatures were generally moderate with higher-than-average low temperatures but no hot weather & certainly no heat waves. We meandered through harvest at a gentle pace.
Destemmed to the fermenter where after a few days macerating, the fermentation commenced. Once dry the wine spent a further two weeks on skins to maximise the fine tannin extraction. It was pressed to French oak barrels, 25% of which were new, where it completed malolactic fermentation. Racked once in the late winter and returned to barrel for maturation, before preparation for bottling in February 2022.
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