2010 Judgement Shiraz

GRAPE VARIETY: Shiraz
VINTAGE: 2010
REGION: 100% One Tree Hill
ANALYSIS: 14.5% Alcohol
CELLAR POTENTIAL: This wine is approachable upon release, but will benefit with carefully cellaring between 15-20 + years
COLOUR: Black/purple core intensity, with black to purple hue
BOUQUET: Displays a complex bouquet of highly intense aromas – five spice, black fruit, black pepper, earth, graphite, black tea and integrated subtle oak characters.
PALATE: Layer upon layer of flavours. The entry is highly intense and concentrated with black berries, dark chocolate, followed by savoury, integrated but persistent tannins. The finish is lively and long, with a perfect balance of fruit and oak.
VINEYARD & VITICULTURE: Sourced from a single low yielding vineyard from Southern One Tree Hill. The Vineyard is 28 years old and is dry grown – resulting in highly concentrated fruit.
WINEMAKING: Crushed and de-stemmed to a single open top fermenter, where cooling was employed throughout the fermentation between 18-28oC. There was two pump overs and one hand plunge every day to optimise flavour, colour and tannin extraction. After 10 days of fermentation the fermented wine was then gently Basket Pressed to a settling tank for 2 days, where it was then racked to new and old oak barrels to undergo Malolactic fermentation.
STORAGE/MATURATION: 22 months in 100% new and used American and French oak Hogsheads.

Awards for this wine:

  • 96 points – James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

    Deep purple-crimson, exceptional for a 3-year-old shiraz; the wine is in the heart of Tenafeate style, overflowing with rich, layered, supple fruit bringing all the flavours of high quality shiraz to the table: blackberry, confit plum, spice and licorice, all of which have absorbed the oak. – James Halliday

  • 4 1/2 STARS – Winestate Magazine Shiraz Challenge 2014
  • Nominated Wine of the Year – Winestate Magazine 2014