A NOTE FROM OUR WINEMAKERS
Ten years ago we accepted a challenge to make the great Victorian Shiraz and began our search for the best Shiraz vineyards in Victoria. Honouring the Australian tradition of blending fruit from different regions to make the best wine possible, we set about creating the ultimate expression of Victorian Shiraz. The result is this unique wine of precisely balanced power, elegance and complexity.
Gary BaldwinChief Winemaker
Peter DillonSenior Winemaker
THE FINER DETAILS
Good rains through winter and early spring set up excellent soil moisture for a very warm to hot and dry season. Welcome rain in late summer was followed by warm, dry days and cool nights in autumn - perfect conditions for ripening of Shiraz grapes. Harvest was early and yields were slightly lower than average and of superb quality. Shiraz was the standout of the Victorian vintage.
This wine is a blend of fruit from three premium Shiraz regions, a traditional Australian approach to winemaking used to optimise complexity and create the best wine possible.
The Pyrenees wine region is set among rugged hills in the central west of Victoria, where summer days are hot but the nights are cool and autumn is reliably warm and dry. The region is famous for powerful but elegant Shiraz wines with great aging potential.
Elevation is crucial in Beechworth, where vines are planted in the foothills of the Victorian Alps. The climate is continental and hot summer days are tempered by cool nights, allowing fruit to ripen fully while retaining good balance. Beechworth Shiraz adds finesse and fragrant lift to this wine.
Our vineyard in Geelong is on the prized volcanic soils of the Mooroobool Valley, one of Victoria’s original premium wine regions. Shiraz from Geelong brings bright fruit flavours and spicy, herbal complexity to this wine.
The genius of this wine began well before harvest in the painstaking search for the greatest vineyards and finest fruit. Each parcel of perfectly ripe fruit was fermented separately in hand-plunged open fermenters. Individual parcels were pressed to barrel and each was carefully nurtured through its 12 month maturation. Sirugue barrels were chosen for their ability to bring out the best in spicy, full-fruited wines and a small number of Bossuet and Dargaud and Jaegle barrels provided added complexity. The key stage of blending began about nine months into the journey. Every barrel was assessed and many hours spent at the tasting bench seeking a perfect harmony in the many elements that together make a truly great wine. The result is a uniquely balanced wine that slowly reveals its story of the place it was grown, the season it lived, the barrel it rested in and the hands and hearts it touched on its journey to you.
An intriguing amalgam of raspberries and blackberries, cracked black pepper and the sweet aroma of rich, organic-fuelled soil. Perfectly ripe raspberries and blackberries explode on the palate, which is round and seductive with creamy, integrated French oak acting as seasoning to the savoury notes. The wine opens up to reveal elegant fine tannins in unison with the fresh berry flavours. Powerful, refined and full of generosity, this is a wine of great balance and complexity.