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2008 Wilgha Shiraz

Tasting Note:

Concentrated with dark berried fruit this wine has depth and persistence. Complexity and elegance is a hall mark of the Wilgha Shiraz with fine and soft tannins rounding out this textured and supple wine. Lifted fruit aromas of boysenberry, blackberry and plums combine with violets, black olive and anise notes. Aromas of sarsparilla, and cinnamon define the fruit from this old vine vineyard. Dense crimson with purple hues at the rim.

Independents Note:

The nose has all the richness of ripe black fruits blackcurrant and black cherry. There is a lovely weight of sweet fruit on the mid palate the suppleness helped by rounded tannins. Although very rich on the back palate there is some underlying red fruit freshness and the spice of black pepper. Derek Smedley MW 92 points

Grapes:

100% Shiraz

What to eat with:

Our Chef recommends aged eye fillet, potato dauphinois, roasted poppy seed carrots and salsa verde butter.

When to drink:

Whilst vibrant and oozing primary fruit flavours on release, this wine will evolve gracefully for 10 years or more in ideal cellar conditions.

Analysis

Alcohol:14.5%
Acidity:3.55
pH:5.76

Vinification

Upon obtaining optimal ripeness, the most outstanding rows of the old vine Wilgha Shiraz block were harvested and transported directly to the winery. Here the fruit underwent a controlled cold soak to achieve maximum colour and flavour extraction. Fermentation was conducted in 2 tonne open fermenters with regular hand plunging of the cap. To promote the integration of fruit and oak flavours, the wine was drained to French oak barriques for completion of fermentation. Only the best barrels are selected for final blending and subsequent bottling of the Wilgha Shiraz.

Viticulture

Information being updated

Medals

  • 2012  James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 
    australian Wine Competition
    93 pts