2017 Magic Monkey Shiraz Blend

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2017 Magic Monkey Shiraz Blend

Single Bottle

"A beautiful example of cool climate shiraz here with a touch of cabernet sauvignon, just 3%, which adds another level of complexity. Superb colour before very attractive and enticing aromas – white pepper, charcuterie and fleshy mulberries all wrapped up in a cloak of high quality oak with fantastic detail all round. The palate takes a more serious turn with its excellent fruit precision underpinned by firm acidity and mouthcoating tannins which come together to drive a long but measured finish. Still a little closed, this is a wine that will be at its best over the medium term."

96 points - Winepilot, Angus Hughson

"Medium to deep red/purple colour, with a perfumed oak-driven aroma which has echoes of cassis as well as plum and spice shiraz. It's elegant, medium to full-bodied and tidy, with ample fine-grained tannins which are soft on the tongue. Very long carry. A fine, elegant wine that's far removed from the high-priced blockbusters so prevalent. (95% shiraz, 5% cabernet sauvignon.”

94 points-Huon Hooke

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  • Vine to Wine
  • Tasting Notes
The growing season started with a record wet winter. Spring was great, resulting in a good even bud burst and flowering. A record hot January and early February 2017 resulted in an early start for chardonnay harvest in late February. The seasons rain and cool weather in early March combined with excellent dry conditions allowed the red varieties to start the harvest mid-April. Resulting in moderate crops and produced excellent quality fruit. 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. 30% whole bunch and the balance destemmed but not crushed. Then transferred to two-tonne open fermenters. The cab was plunged twice daily during fermentation until removed for pressing. Transferred to 67% new barrel, held for 18months before bottling.

Strong integrated fruit oak aromas, showing strong cool area varietal shiraz character with pepper and rich fruit characters. Combined, attractive vanilla oak characters. The flavours are strong varietal fruit with great elegance and persistent flavour. PS

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