2016 Coonawarra Shiraz
$27 per bottle | $162 per case of six
SILVER, 2020 The Real Review
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Shiraz is without doubt South Australia’s flag-bearer red wine, capable of expressing distinctive regional and even more defined single vineyard identities, no matter where it thrives. The Coonawarra perhaps flies a little under the shiraz radar, though here you have discovered an absolute gem from an elegant northern district site which has brought to the fore delightful crimson berry and plum fruit crush characters in a medium to full bodied carriage, spot-on evidence that Coonawarra shiraz can express cooler-climate sensibilities. As these notes reverberate with fresh, zesty red fruit flavours, the wine’s undercurrent of soft, yet lively, acidity and tannin add a great line and length to the drinking. Delicious, and right in the pocket of contemporary shiraz expression.
Single Vineyard - Northern Coonawarra, South Australia
Alcohol: 15.0% | pH: 3.48 | Acidity: 5.96 g/L
Aged in French and American Hogsheads for 20 months
Vintage 2016 was early, with a warmer October advancing the whole season, such that flowering, veraison, and harvest dates were all slightly early. Despite the early season, the time taken for berry development and ripening were in line with normal, allowing adequate time for fruit to develop tannins and complexity. November temperatures were warm which was ideal, with reds showing outstanding colour and tannins facilitated by a very even veraison, small berry size, and milder ripening conditions later in vintage. The cooler finish allowed longer hang time contributing to rich medium bodied wines with excellent fruit definition.