2021 Xanadu Fortified Shiraz

$45.00
$270.00

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The fine warm conditions of the 2021 vintage allowed our red varieties to achieve great flavour and the opportunity to produce a fortified Shiraz. Ripe fruits of the forest are layered with rum-raisin, chocolate and hints of spice. Enjoy this ‘vintage fortified’ style while robust, vibrant and youthful, or if you are patient with careful cellaring, you’ll be rewarded for years to come.

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Viticulture

Shiraz (100%)
2021
Margaret River
We had a great summer leading up to vintage, although a rain event about a week or so before the start of harvest lead to some unusually humid conditions (for Margaret River at least). Careful fruit selection in some vineyards was required as a result of the humidity, despite experiencing good weather during the white harvest. The end of the whites saw a bit more rain, which was then followed by fine weather for the rest of March setting up the Cabernets nicely. In summary 2021 was a more challenging season than usual, however the extra work in the vineyard ultimately paid dividends with some wonderfully elegant wines being produced as a result

Tasting Notes

Deep red with garnet hues
Dark fruits and blackberry conserve combine with fine brandy spirit characters, threaded with hints of rich fruit cake and spice
The generous palate displays a lovely concentration of ripe forest fruits, rum-raisin chocolate and is elegantly structured with fine, mouth coating tannins. Already well integrated with the oak matured fortifying spirit, the wine offers complexity, sweet fruit notes and a warm lingering finish.

Winemaking

18.50%
500ml
3.57
The fruit was crushed, destemmed and fermented in a static fermenter with regular pumping over to extract colour and tannin. Fortification on skins with 7-year-old wood aged brandy spirit was done at precisely the right time to arrest the fermentation and capture the perfect balance of alcohol and sweetness. Pressing occurred soon after fortification, and this was followed by a brief 6-month maturation in older 225 litre barriques to integrate the fruit and the spirit before bottling.