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2018 Adelaide Hills Shiraz

Maturation in French oak barriques has added complexity, enhancing the power and elegance of this quintessential Adelaide Hills Shiraz.

David O'Leary Winemaker
$40.00
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  • Vegan

Variety

Shiraz

Region

Adelaide Hills

Food Pairing

Red meat

Vintage

2018


Colour

Deep red with a slight purple hue.

Bouquet

Wonderful fruit bouquet, with notes of satsuma plum, cinnamon spice, blackberry and forest floor.

Palate

Rich with great depth of flavour, dominated by juicy blackberry fruit and balanced with a seamless finish of soft tannins and acidity.

Ageing Potential

Up to 10 years.

Vineyard

The Wyebo vineyard is in Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills; 'wyebo' is an Aboriginal word meaning 'small'. Leo O'Leary (David O'Leary's grandfather) purchased the property in 1912 and it remains in the family to this day.

The high altitude and cool nights in the Adelaide Hills are ideal for slow and even ripening, producing wines with character and purity of fruit. The soils are red loam over quartz and schist, ensuring they are well-drained which allows consistency and balance for the vine.

Vinification

Small batch ferment in two and four tonne fermenters over a 12 day period using natural yeast, then hand-plunged. This wine was left on skins for 15 days to enhance tannin complexity, maximising flavour and length. 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 - 14.0%

pH - 3.36

Acidity - 6.8g/L

Awards

94 points - Halliday Wine Companion

"Full of vibrant fruit flavours ranging from red to purple to black garnished by spice, pepper and licorice. Balanced and coherent." - James Halliday