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2013 Ares Shiraz

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$165

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Shiraz is at the heart of the Two Hands story and our vineyard selections give us access to some of the greatest parcels of Shiraz grapes in the country. Each year, every one of the 1,500 barrels of Shiraz is tasted in the search for the very finest cuvée to represent Ares, the pinnacle of our Shiraz production. The handful of barrels that make it through are matured for 24 months in new and one year old French oak, and retasted again and again to ensure only the best make the final blend. A statuesque, powerful and deeply flavoured wine that combines elegance and vivacity.

  • Tasting Notes

    Colour
    Deep crimson with a black core

    Aroma
    Blackberry, spiced plums, lavender oil, cracked pepper and cured meat.

    Palate
    Saturated to the core, Ares delivers a wall of flavour across the palate with notes of blackberry, baking spices, lavender oil, scorched earth, coal dust, and high cocoa, dark chocolate emerging at every turn. Depth and nuance in a large framework, thick and bold tannins screech across the mid-palate and pull the wine through to an incredibly long finish laced with detail, created by notes of black cracked pepper, expresso shot, and coal dust.

  • Wine Making

    Crushed, de-stemmed and fermented in five, seven and 10 tonne open top fermenters with regular pump overs; up to three times daily during peak fermentation to extract colour and tannin. Following 12-21 days of “on skins” maceration the free run was drained to tank with the skins then pressed. Both the free run and pressings are blended to tank and then racked to oak after 24 hours. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. Minimal fining and non-filtered.

    Maturation
    23 months maturation with 25% new French oak. The remainder in one to four year old French oak.

    Cellar Potential
    If cellared well, 20+ years.

  • Technical Information

    Closure Type
    Cork

    Volume (ml)
    0750ml

    Varietal
    Shiraz

    Region
    Barossa Valley/McLaren Vale

    Alcohol (% vol.)
    15.0%

  • Product Reviews
    95 Points - Wine Spectator, July 2016
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