|Reserve Shiraz 2005
The fruit for the Reserve Shiraz is sourced from the flood plain region of Langhorne Creek. The soil of this lower lying area is darker and richer due to it being fundamentally alluvial in origin.
The 2005 vintage was characteristically dry, with mild temperatures through mid to late summer allowing for small berries with intense colour and flavour and high levels of ripe skin tannins.
After gentle crushing, the must was pumped into traditional open concrete fermenters with twice daily pumping over. Fermentation continued at up to 30 degrees Centigrade, ensuring optimum extraction of long chain, soft tannins.
Approximately 25% of the wine was run off skins to complete fermentation in barrel. The remainder received additional maceration to extract further ripe tannins from the skins.
Finally, the wine was racked off skins into settling tanks then into new and one year old American and French oak barrels and matured for 18 months.
The grapes for this wine were grown in Langhorne Creek wine growing district of South Australia.
The three varieties were blended together and then matured in both French and American oak Barriques for 18 months to come of age.
Traditional Langhorne Creek reds are bountiful and full-bodied. This vintage is of no exception: brilliant in colour, vivacious in character with a long, lingering finish that true red wine lovers will lust over!
In keeping with our hand-made tradition, the wine was fermented in open, concrete fermenters and pressed in a Zambelli basket-press.
The blending of these three varieties together has given the wine a multi-dimensional complexity and a velvety softness.
The wine is composed of 60% Shiraz, 30% Cabernet and 10% Malbec.
The 2005 Blend follows in the footsteps of its predecessors. The colour is deep Red-magenta with purple hues.
The bouquet exhibits an array of fruits from cherry berry to peppery, plumb characters which are derived from the Shiraz and Cabernet components, whilst the Malbec imparts an abundance of spice.
The palate is full, flavoursome and rich, yet has an attractively soft and velvety finish.
All of these flavours combine to deliver a wholesome mouth-feel that lingers long after the wine has been swallowed.
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