COLOUR: Deep crimson.
NOSE: A complex layered nose of fragrant blue and black berry fruits with hints of dark chocolate and subtle biscuity oak.
PALATE: Full-bodied with a generous flesh of dark berried fruit with notes of liquorice, dark chocolate and subtle oak. Plush and creamy, the palate is lengthened by fine acid and a velvety tannin structure.
Platinum Medal for Best Australian Red, Single Varietal over ₤15: 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards
Gold Medal: 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal: 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards
Gold Medal: 2016 China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value
Gold Medal: 2015 China Wine & Spirits Awards
Gold Medal: 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver Medal: 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver Medal: 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver Medal: 2017 International Wine Challenge
Silver Medal: 2016 Decanter Asia Wine Awards
Silver Medal: 2016 Royal Queensland Wine Show (Class 39)
Silver Medal: 2015 Royal Queensland Wine Show (Class 37)
Grey Label Shiraz was sourced from vineyards ranging in altitudes from about
50m near the coast to 200m where McLaren Vale merges with the Adelaide
Hills. The region mostly spans two basins of ancient bedrock layered with
sediments laid down by advances and retreats of the sea over the past 45
million years. Soil types vary from sands, yellow clays, and red and black loams
through to ironstone.
A warm, dry season resulted in rapid ripening and low disease
pressure. Grapes were harvested slightly earlier than usual and in a
condensed pattern as fruit across the region reached its optimum over
a very short time frame. Yields were light but quality was strong and
consistent across the region, with reds producing concentration of
colour and flavour, and generosity of rich, ripe tannins.
Harvested at optimum flavour ripeness, fruit was crushed and fermented in
small open-top fermenters. Plunging and gentle pumping over were utilised to
optimise flavour, colour and tannin extraction, allowing for richness and fruit
depth while keeping tannins plush. Some parcels completed fermentation in
barrel, integrating oak characters and contributing to mid-palate texture and
complexity, while others were left on skins until dry to lengthen the finish.
Matured as individual vineyard batches in a combination of seasoned
and new French (58%) and American (42%) oak for 18 months.
Grey Label Shiraz is great with slow-roasted lamb shanks with plum and rosemary, or braised beef with black bean sauce.
This wine will develop with age, softening and mellowing to reward a
decade or more of careful cellaring.
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