2013 Dry Grown Shiraz
James Halliday - Published on 06 Jan 2016
Says it is the oldest family-owned winery in Mount Barker. This is a very well made medium-bodied Shiraz; full of bright red fruits reflecting its moderate alcohol, but with no green characters. Made to be enjoyed in its youth, but may well surprise those who decide to keep a bottle or two.
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$30, 12.5%, 94pts
From one of the Great Southern's oldest family wineries comes a wine with lashings of leather, vanilla and satsuma plum give weight to a licorice-led array of confectionary flavours on the palate. Silky, elegant, earthy, long and very together.
Alcohol 13% a/v, pH 3.27, acidity 6.60 g/l
Deep dense colour of dark plum. It opens with lifted spice and black pepper aromas cutting through deeper vanillin oak. This wine is very impressive. The medium weight palate is supple and soft with nice balance of fruit and oak. A gentle and persuasive wine that creeps and delivers by stealth and is a typical Shiraz that comes from this part of the world.
Fruit sourced from our 38 year old 12 hectare Dry Grown Vineyard. Our old vines are not irrigated; something quite unusual in these days of mass commercial production. Having smaller fruit fosters an intensity of the flavour, with most of the colour and tannin of the grape being concentrated in or near the skin. The characteristically cool climate of the district ensures slow ripening of the grapes, which also allows for the development of rich flavour and quality grape juice. Grown on ancient gravely loams, our old vines are all cane pruned and yield 2 tonne per hectare. Galafrey harvest their grapes from mid-March to late April depending on the season.
A late wet spring followed by a relatively dry summer. While a warm summer, strong canopies protect the fruit from the harsh dry summer and cool nights ensured slow ripening. An Early start to vintage showed fruit driven white wines with good acid balance in the vineyard.
Mechanically harvested these dry, cool to mild climate grapes of the Great Southern region will produce classic Shiraz, wines with great depth of flavour and structure. Pick from two blocks, Old Vine Shiraz which is 35+ years old and young vines which ironically is 20+ years old. We endeavour through meticulous viticulture and wine production sympathetic to the vintage conditions to produce a Shiraz that will express varietal characters in tune with its sense of place. Left of Skins as long as possible to ensure depth of colour and flavour our winemaking is geared toward producing a wine that is harmonious, with a minimum of two years in quality French oak.