2018 DJL Shiraz

$26.00
$156.00

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A medium-bodied wine yet offering ample depth with plenty of dark forest fruits, hints of game and subtle spice. The moreish, jubey fruit and approachable tannins combine to produce a generous wine with a supple silky mouthfeel and fantastic persistence of flavour. Perfectly approachable in its youth, this wine will comfortably cellar over the medium term.

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Viticulture

Shiraz (100%)
2018
Margaret River
The 2018 growing season began with good, even budburst after average Winter rainfall. The mild Spring which followed ensured that there was good flowering and fruit set. A moderate start to Summer with no heat extremes set up the harvest well with white varieties offering great flavour intensity and bright acidity. There was an incredible display of Marri blossom (tagged as a once in a generation ‘mega-blossom’) which meant bird pressure was practically nonexistent whilst the whites were harvested. A minor rain event occurred in mid-March, which was followed by fine warm conditions which prevailed right through to middle of April allowing all red varieties to achieve great flavour and tannin ripeness. In summary 2018 will be remembered as an outstanding vintage! Fruit for this blend was entirely Estate grown on our Boodjidup and Stevens Road vineyards in the Wallcliffe sub-region of Margaret River.

Tasting Notes

Deep red with purple hues
Dark berry fruits and fragrant floral notes with spiced hints of peppercorn, redskins, white pepper and subtle toasty barrel ferment characters
A medium-bodied wine yetr offering ample depth with plenty of dark forest fruits, hints of game and subtle spice. The moreish, jubey fruit and approachable tannins combine to produce a generous wine with a supple, silky muthfeel and a fantastic persistence of flavour.
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Winemaking

14.50%
750ml
3.45
The fruit was destemmed and then crushed with open rollers to introduce whole berries into the ferment. The core components were fermented in static fermenters at 25°C for 6 days. However, 15% of the blend was pressed early and barrel fermented in entirely new French Barriques, before completing MLF and maturation in older oak. For the remaining components, after fermentation and pressing, batches underwent MLF and 14 months maturation in a combination of French oak barriques and large format oak vessels on lees (45%), prior to assembling the blend and bottling.

Professional Reviews

91
A good deal of clovey spice and a solid amount of cherry-plum flavour. This won't leave anyone wanting. Floral characters and anise-like accents continue a most attractive theme. Good to go now.