Deep garnet purple colored, the 2010 Shiraz has aromas of warm black berries, blueberry preserves and licorice with an undercurrent of cloves and menthol. Medium to full bodied, it offers taut, muscular black fruits and baking spice flavors on the palate with a solid backbone of medium level grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing long. Drink it now to 2017+.
The fruit from Macclesfield grows in a warmer climate, which lends structure and richness, while the fruit from Balhannah contributes spiciness and perfume. It has an intense color, pepper-spice flavors and great intensity.
Hand-picked bunches sourced from the Adelaide Hills around Macclesfield Vineyard and low yielding Shiraz from Balhannah Vineyard were crushed, destemmed and placed into small fermentors. Fermented in small batches, the fruit was regularly punched down and pumped over to extract color, flavor and tannins. The wine matured for 14 months in new and neutral French oak barriques.