2016 Stevens Road Graciano

$80.00
$480.00

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All of the fruit for this traditional Spanish variety is grown on our mature Stevens Road vineyard; the tiny block is only 0.6 Ha in size, and as such this is truly a limited release with only 5 barrels produced in 2016!

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Viticulture

Graciano (100%)
206
Margaret River
The growing season began with an early budburst after a relatively mild Winter with reasonable rainfall. The beautiful Spring weather that followed 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.

Tasting Notes

Deep red with garnet hues.
Intriguing, with aromas of blackberries, plums and dark Morello cherries shadowed by a lovely savoury thread of graphite, smoked charcuterie and hints of peat in the background.
The palate is medium bodied offering fleshy red fruits, plenty of spicy, gamey characters and a touch of liquorice. Delightfully rustic and full of old world personality, this quirky wine finishes with supple tannins and lingering savoury flavours.

Winemaking

13.5%
750ml
3.58
The fruit was crushed, destemmed and chilled followed by a cold soak for 4 days at 5-10°C, extracting colour structure without the excessive tannins that thick Graciano skins have to offer. After warming, the must was inoculated with a selected yeast strain and fermented in the small open fermenters for 5 days before pressing at about 3 Baume and finishing fermentation and MLF in oak. No new oak was used in order to emphasize the rustic, savoury fruit characteristics, however the wine enjoyed a 14 month maturation period in the mainly one and two year old French oak barriques.