Very dense purple hue, strong aromas of black fruits spice and dried herbs with an alluring smoky oak in the background. A mouthwatering array of rich blackberry fruit balanced with a distinct spice and pepper in the fore. A dense and intense vintage of inception that will definitely reward the patient.
Origin of Name
When we introduced the Progeny Shiraz and D’Orsa shiraz to our range, it was always our intention to add a “stage” name to the “Estate” shiraz however it has taken some time to agree on that perfect name.
So from the 2012 vintage, the “Estate” Shiraz was called “Inception” meaning the beginning of something or the establishment or starting point of our family business. A very fitting name considering the Estate shiraz is our flagship wine.
Like our highly successful 2012 vintage, the 2018 vintage is shaping up to be one of our exceptional vintages. This is because the 2012 and 2018 vintages followed cooler and wetter years. As an example the 2017 vintage had the biggest canopies and biggest crops that we have ever experienced and as there were no long heat periods or massive heat spikes during summer it meant the vines remained healthy and could carry the fruit without any trouble. Although the 2018 vintage that followed was a particularly hot and dry year, there was plenty of subsoil moisture and very healthy vines with lots of energy carried over from 2017 resulting in great yields, strong canopies and tiny grape bunches that could withstand the heat spikes.
We utilize traditional winemaking practices such as small fermentation tanks, natural fermentation (i.e. no yeast additions) and gravity feeding. Whilst this can be quite labour intensive, we believe it ensures the preservation of natural fruit flavours and the Heathcote terrior character. As with all varieties produced at Sanguine Estate, the grapes were destemmed, lightly crushed and then naturally fermented with wild indigenous yeasts in small open fermenters. The wine is then transferred via gravity (to avoid pump shock) to predominantly French oak barriques (approximately 10% new) and left to mature for approximately 18 months.
- The Real Review – Top 2018 Shiraz Heathcote – 3rd Place
- The Real Review 2020 – 4 Stars Silver Medal
- Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2020 – Silver Medal
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