2016 Exmoor Shiraz


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A full-bodied yet controlled Shiraz displaying ample depth with plenty of inky forest fruits; blackberries, redcurrant and spice. Oak only plays a supporting role in this jubey generous Shiraz.

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Shiraz (100%)
Margaret River
The growing season began with an early budburst after a relatively mild Winter with reasonable rainfall. The beautiful Spring weather which followed which led to good flowering/fruit set and improved yields for most varieties in the region. Fine, warm weather during Summer saw sugar accumulation accelerate quickly in the whites, until a significant rain event mid-January stalled the ripening process until the fine weather returned soon after. While the unusual January rain did present some challenges in the vineyard, it was certainly welcomed by the reds which were just beginning veraison. The warm, dry weather throughout February was fantastic, ensuring the whites achieved flavour ripeness and enabling the reds to attain flavour and tannin ripeness at full physiological maturity. Fruit for this blend was predominantly Estate grown (85%) on our Boodjudup and Stevens Road vineyards in the Wallcliffe sub-region of Margaret River, complimented by a portion (15%) of fruit from a mature vineyard in Karridale.

Tasting Notes

Deep red with purple hues
Dark boysenberry and floral notes with hints of redskin / licorice strap and subtle toasty oak influences.
A full-bodied wine offering ample depth with plenty of inky ripe forest fruits; blackberries, redcurrants and spice. The jubey fruit and approachable tannins combine to produce a generous wine with a subtle structure and a lovely persistence of flavour.
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The fruit was destemmed and then crushed with open rollers to introduce whole berries into the ferment. After fermentation in both static and rotary fermenters, the various batches underwent MLF and 14 months maturation in a selection of fine French oak barriques (25% new oak in total) prior to assembling the blend and bottling. Perfectly approachable in its youth, this wine will also comfortably cellar for several years.

Professional Reviews

Margaret River Shiraz often sits in the shadow of Cabernet from the region. When done right though, it strikes a lovely mid-point between the cool and warm climate styles from around Australia. It displays slightly fuller body than typical cool climates and riper fruit flavours without becoming overly dense or heavy, whilst retaining a lovely spice and peppery quality (more white pepper in this case) along with quite plush texture thanks to riper tannins that usually avoid the astringency of cool climate styles.