- Vine to Wine
- Tasting Notes
The 2018 growing season was a season of contrasts. The winter (2017) was very dry; June was the driest June on record. We followed our normal practice of pruning quite late to help avoid spring frosts at Koomooloo. As has been the case in the last decade, the seasonal patterns are showing quite a bit of variability – so the spring rains didn’t arrive until November/December. The season was warm and dry from January until harvest. The soils at Koomooloo are deep and have good water holding capacity, so even with low rainfall we still produced an excellent, balanced crop. Yields were moderate, with quality potential excellent. The fruit is from Block 5 at Koomooloo. It was cropped very low at about 3-4T per hectare. It was shoot thinned and twice bunch binned. Thirty percent whole bunch and the balance destemmed but not crushed. Then transferred to two-tonne open fermenters. The cap was plunged twice daily during fermentation until removed for pressing. Transferred to 67% new barrel, held for 20months before bottling.
"It has an excellent bright deep red colour, a strong rich spicy peppery aroma. Lovely soft full intense fruit flavours, a long persistent firm pronounced varietal cool area shiraz. Integrated oak, but with fruit dominating." PS