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2017 Clare Valley Shiraz

Sourced from the subregions of Polish Hill River and Armagh, this Shiraz screams Clare Valley.

David O'Leary Winemaker
$30.00
  • Wine Club Members Price
  • Vegan

Variety

Shiraz

Region

Clare Valley

Food Pairing

Red meat

Vintage

2017

Colour

Deep red and purple.

Bouquet

Vibrant red berry fruits with black olives and spice. Hints of liquorice and fine French oak cedar.

Palate

Rich, sweet fruit highlighted by blackberry, plum and black olive flavours. Powerful yet beautifully balanced with chalky tannins, hints of mocha chocolate and showing a tight, fine grain structure with subtle fruit/oak integration.

Ageing Potential

5 - 8 years.

Vineyard

This Shiraz is made using fruit from two of our vineyards, both the cooler region of Polish Hill River and also the warmer Armagh, north of Clare.

Vinification

We have introduced a component of whole bunch to the ferment, which promote varietal character. The ferment takes place in two and four tonne fermenters over a 12 day period, using natural yeast and hand-plunged. The wine is left on skins post-fermentation for an additional 15 days, enhancing tannin complexity and maximising flavour. This is pressed to tank then racked to oak after four days (25% new French oak,; 75% one- and two-year-old French oak) for a total of two years.

Technical Details

Alcohol - 14.5%

pH - 3.35

TA - 6.5g/L

Awards

95 points (gold) - Halliday Wine Companion

"From the two estate vineyards, one in the warmer Armagh district, the other in the cooler Polish Hill River. Fermented with some whole bunches, 27 days on skins, matured for 2 years in French oak (25% new). Good colour opens the batting, balance, length and oak all aplenty, all in balance." - James Halliday