2016 Secret Block Shiraz 750ml
Dark red with a purple hue
Bright notes of blue fruits with some slightly darker overtones. Incense, violets, pipesmoke and olive flesh with background notes of oolong tea.
Medium to full bodied. The palate is very linear and focused. The wine starts quite tight but slowly fans out as it rolls along the palate. A wine that shows both power and elegance. The tannins show a slightly herbal savoury edge. Blue-purple ruits are prominent but it is the layering of floral notes, oolong tea and pip smoke that add definition and complexity. The palate is very long but this wine will reward those willing to cellar for 15+ years.
One small parcel from this single block was crushed and de-stemmed into a single 5-tonne open top fermenter. The time spent on skins was 14 days, with the fermintation lasting seven days. All free run and pressings were combined in tank and after 24 hours the wine was then racked off gross lees to barrel, where malolactic fermentation occurred. The wine was bottled with minimum fining and no filtration.
19 months in 1 - 4 old French oak. 50% thik stave puncheons, 50% hogsheads.
15+ years in ideal cellaring conditions.
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96 Points - James Halliday, Wine Companion, August 2017
The oak trembles on the brink of going OTT, but the depth and richness of the purple and black fruits gives every assurance that it (the oak) will be cut down to size within a few more years. The tannins are already balanced and integrated, a staff of life for the future.
95 Points - MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, May 2017
Concentrated and powerful, plump and velvety, with rich gingerbread and black walnut overtones to the core of dark fruit flavors. A whiff of briny black olive lends a savory side. Shows plenty of power on the long finish. Drink now through 2030.