Hunter Valley, NSW
Made using old-vine Shiraz grapes grown solely on the red basalt/clay spoils of the Hunter Valley
‘Terracotta’ wines get their name from the soils on which the fruit is grown. These red clay soils are renowned for their low fertility thus reducing the yield of the vine and increasing fruit concentration.
Harvested from the highest Shiraz block on the ‘Lochleven’ Estate vineyard in Pokolbin.
A portion of whole bunch Shiraz was kept aside (20%) and added back to the crushed and destemmed Shiraz and allowed to co-ferment in 2 tonne open vats. Post fermentation the wine was pressed out and transferred into 33% new French oak Puncheons and matured for 16 months. With 2019 being the third hot, dry vintage in a row, yields were noticeably down, even on the very low yielding 2018. Great flavour and fruit purity is the result. 95 dozen made.
A bold and aromatic nose precedes the rich and powerful palate. Plush cherry, plum and blackberry all play a part on the palate, supported by subtle seemless oak. Terrific balance and length of flavour.
Medium to long term.
Most red meat based cuisine.