1314 Shiraz 2015
Named for the year of the Battle of Bannockburn, we make this wine with bistro lunch in our minds, but no less care in the vineyard.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Hand picked on April 15-20, primarily from our 1990 Winery block (but also including Range and De La Roche single vineyard lots).
- 20% whole bunch fermentation, indigenous yeast, approximately four weeks on skins.
- 12 months in French hogsheads.
- Bottled June 2016.
- 13% alc/vol.
Bright red fruits and lifted pepper are at the core of this Shiraz, with fine tannin in support.
We had a fifth good year of rain across winter: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. The La Nina rains continued through the first half of the growing season (total 730mm for 2020) making for very healthy vines/dense canopies. The rain eased early in the new year and it warmed up slightly but heat accumulation only totalled 1340 Growing Degree Days. The organic blocks performed so strongly that we will extend organic accreditation to the remainder of the vineyard in the next few years.
We started the harvest early-March with picking Chardonnay , due to the small Pinot Noir crop we only picked roughly every second or third day through to the final pick of Shiraz which was just after Easter : a slow moving harvest.
The fruit was in very good condition, and all the ferments went smoothly. Malic acid levels are very high, the wines will need to wait until Spring to go through malolactic fermentation.
At this early stage the wines show promise: a nice balance of stone fruits and citrus in the Chardonnay, structure and transparency to season and site in the Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
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