1314 Shiraz 2015

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)

  • Viticulture
  • Winemaking
  • 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.

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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