ANDEVINE RESERVE HUNTER VALLEY 2017 SHIRAZ
Vineyard: From the remarkable “Hillside” vineyard, planted by Barry Drayton in 1965. Hillside soils are 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. Glendon Howard managed the vineyard for me with a low irrigation rate to match the consistently low crop level of the block. As a consequence the fruit was ripe in late January, I picked this Shiraz before my Chardonnay.
Winery: De-stemmed into small open fermenters and cold soaked for five days to retain bright purple hues. Managed with both plunging and pumping over, a warm, rapid fermentation with a total of two weeks maceration on skins to achieve complex tannin profile. Racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation by sequential racking to ensure that wine was matured in oak without lees. Matured over twelve months in a combination of French demi-muids and puncheons (15% new).
Colour: Mid crimson with purple hints.
Aroma: Raspberry, red fruits with spice aromas.
Palate: Intense raspberry and black cherry with hints of brown and red spice. Raspberry and red fruit palate with fine, silky tannins supported by high quality French oak and soft refreshing finish. A complex, medium bodied, modern style typical of the region.
Cellaring: Monitor in cellar through to 2037 and beyond.
Yield: 3.2 t/Ha (1.3t/ac)
Harvest Density: 12.4°Be
Harvest Date: 27th January
Acidity: 6.1 g/L
Alcohol: 13.1% v/v
Reviews: 94 Points Gary Walsh WineFront