2014 RESERVE PINOT SHIRAZ
Hunter Pinot Noir and Shiraz: we’ve been banging on about it for years, though sometimes it takes a vintage like 2014 to really bring it home. There’s nothing new under the sun.
Raspberry and cherry, dusty cinnamon spice, earth and coal-like bass notes and floral highs. Just medium bodied, bright minerally acidity, spicy red fruits, fan of fine grained tannin and a clean finish of good length. Has a bit of X-Factor and no shortage of charm. Needs a year or two in bottle to unfurl, but there’s no mistaking the quality even at this early stage of its life.
94 Points Drink 2017 - 2026+
Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
Sourced from a dry grown vineyard in Broke the vineyard is situated on an ancient marine bed whose depleted sandy soils create elegant red berried fruit with fine structural elements. The vineyard is protected from the afternoon sun but a mountain spur immediately adjacent to the vineyard that juts out toward the north.
Planted in the early 1960’s by Barry Drayton the Hillside Vineyard is characterised by red clay loam over a limestone dome. This Shiraz is from the eastern facing, low yielding, blocks towards base of the hill where the vines are protected from the ravages of the afternoon sun.
Hand harvested, de-stemmed and cold soaked for seven days to retain bright purple hues. Cool and rapid fermentation prior to pressing, followed by sequential racking to ensure that wine was matured in oak without lees. Maturation over ten months in used French oak (second fill) without further racking prior to bottling.
Mid crimson red with purple hints.
Roasted brown and black spice over bright red fruits and black cherries.
Raspberry and black cherry palate with fine, silky yet structural tannins. Fine mineral elements with high quality French oak and hints of black pepper complete a complex style typical of the region and vintage.
Monitor in cellar through to 2028.
Yield: 3.2 t/Ha (1.3t/ac)
Harvest Density: 12.7°Be
Harvest Date: 31st January
Acidity: 7.0 g/L
Alcohol: 13.2% v/v
R.S: 2.2 g/L