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 another good year of rain across winter: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. The La Niña rains
continued through the first half of the growing season (630mm July to June) but eased after Christmas, although storms and hail were often in the forecast and nearby. Temperatures increased significantly in the second half of the season to a total of 1430 Growing Degree Days.
We started picking Chardonnay early March, and with only a couple of exceptions (Sauv Blanc and Riesling) the yields for every block were
near long term average. The fruit was in very good condition, picking weather was mostly very helpful and all the ferments went smoothly. Malic acid levels are average but most lots will go through malolactic fermentation in the
At this 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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