Mad Russian Shiraz
Cool climates such as the Adelaide Hills are beginning to establish a name for a style that displays elegance, subtle richness and savoury characters. Our vineyards are perfect sites for growing Shiraz in the Adelaide Hills and allow for the crafting of a wine with elegance, finesse and developed ripe characters while retaining typical cool-climate characteristics.
The 2013 growing season was a fantastic year for red wines from the Adelaide Hills with moderate yields, perfect ripening conditions of warm days and cool nights giving the vines time to rest and grow. The grapes were harvested in one batch early in March. The grapes for this wine were sourced from our Woodlands Ridge Vineyard located in Kenton Valley in the Adelaide hills. We have used the new 1127 Shiraz clone that has been shown to reach flavour ripeness at a lower sugar contant and therefore a lower alcohol content. The wine was bottled with an alcohol content slightly lower than 13% bucking the trend for Australian red wines.
The ferment took place in a 10 tonne open fermenter. Cap management and colour extraction was managed through a combination of daily plunging and juice pump-overs. The final wine exhibits a fresh red-brick colour with purple hues on the edge. There is a rush of red fruits (especiallly raspberry) and black pepper aromas on the nose. The palate displays sweet red fruits, with a hint of blackberries and fresh white peper which are all balanced with the textured tannins and supported by the judicious use of French oak.
The wine is ready to drink now or will cellar well and reach its full potential in 7 to 10 years.
Winemaker – Mark Kozned
Vineyard – Woodlands Ridge Vineyard (Kenton Valley)
Region – Adelaide Hills
Alcohol – 13.0%
pH – 3.5
TA – 6.5 g/L
Cellaring: Enjoy now or cellar for 7 to 10 years