A very dense purple hue. Aromas of blackberry and dark cherry fruit with hints of dried herbs and fennel adding complexity. Subtle French oak offering hints of tobacco. A savoury and elegant palate with black fruits and spice well entwined. Tannins are evident but well in check and balanced.
Quite an incredible season and very similar to the 2012 vintage that has produced trophy winning wines. We recall in March of 2012 beautiful green paddocks (normally golden colour) and full dams for our first ever Music Festival now fast forward to the 2017 Sanguine Estate Music Festival held in February and it was exactly the same (including a full moon – well nearly full moon).
During 2017 it rained on a fortnightly basis due to the Indian Ocean constantly producing thick cloud bands that travelled from WA dumping large volumes of rain and cooling the centre of Australia taking away the usual heatwaves in January and February. We didn’t get many 40-degree days and when we did, it was usually followed by a cold front.
We went into harvest with the vines in “extremely” good health and very little crop thinning was needed due to the large healthy canopies. With record yields (up 20% to 30% on our biggest harvest) combined with the cooler conditions it was a very very long harvest with picking finishing in May. So, for the Shiraz wines, Mark has lots of very different batches to have fun blending with.
We utilize traditional winemaking practices that are labour intensive but within a modern understanding of its ways. The grapes from the four different varieties were destemmed, lightly crushed into separate small open fermenters and naturally fermented using their own naturally occurring yeasts for an average of 12 days. The wine is then transferred via gravity (to avoid pump shock) to French oak barriques (approximately 20% new) and left to mature for approximately 18 months. Prior to bottling the separate varieties are carefully blended to produce a balanced wine.
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot
- Australian Wine Showcase Magazine 2018 – Gold Medal 95 Points