1314 Shiraz 2014

1314 Shiraz 2014

1314 wines are made from estate grown fruit, in a vibrant and approachable style for early enjoyment and refreshing drinking.

  • Viticulture
  • Winemaking
  • Tasting Notes

1314 Shiraz is made from a blend of estate fruit grown on our established vineyards; the oldest vines planted in 1974 through to the more recent 2007 planting. The clonal mix includes PT23, R6WV28 and ‘Best’s Old Block’ with various vine spacings and planting densities.

Handpicked parcels of fruit were wild fermented separately with approximately 50% whole bunch. After pressing the wine was racked to a combination of hogsheads and puncheons of which 10% was new oak. This Shiraz is a barrel selection based on an earlier bottling regime, for an earlier drinking window.

2023 Vintage

The 2023 growing season started off cold and wet. For the first time since 2011 our dam was full, and in fact overflowed for most of October and November (rainfall for the calendar year of 2022 was 800mm). Budburst was slightly behind average timing, but crops were down significantly: the bunch counts were low in the first place, we had a mild frost in September and the wet weather finally caught up with us via downy mildew. The rain stopped at the end of December.

The overall heat accumulation was the same (1338 Growing Degree Days) as 2021, both seasons on the slightly cooler side of average but differing in that the heat for 2023 was more toward the second half of the season. Veraison occurred in February and then we picked Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling in March, and Shiraz and Cabernet/Merlot in the first week of April. The picking weather was pleasant and the fruit arrived at the winery in very good condition.

While quantity was down (especially in Pinot Noir) quality was good: fresh acidity, concentration, colour, tannin and steady fermentations have us looking forward to bottling, and seemingly warmer and drier seasons as El Niño returns.

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