‘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.
Named Shiraz from 2000 to 2010, the name has been changed to Syrah to better describe the style of the ‘Terracotta’ red which has always included the white variety Viognier.
The Worthington’s ’Leonard Estate’ old-vine shiraz vineyard on Palmers Lane in Pokolbin.
.5% Viognier fruit was added to the Shiraz and allowed to co-ferment in 2 tonne open vats. 60% whole bunches were also included. When fermentation had ceased, the wine was then pressed out and transferred into 100% new French oak Puncheons and matured for 22 months. 2011 was an exceptional Hunter Valley vintage, particularly for Shiraz. The months of January through March were very dry and warm, perfect conditions for Shiraz.
The highly perfumed nose is lifted by the small Viognier addition, which also adds a glossiness to the deep red colour. Dark spectrum berry fruit, hints of spice and dark chocolate are prominent on the nose. The palate has a medium-bodied depth of flavour with tannins that are smooth and supple giving the wine a silky long finish.