2016 Judgement Shiraz

$100.00

98 Points + Gold Medal + 5 STARS
“This undeniably premier league; the wine is stacked with black/purple fruit, chocolate truffle, olive, clove and vanillin oak characters, fabulously enhanced by outstanding density, yet with refinement and flow. This is sophisticated and symphonic with substantial body and richness, making it striking and irresistible”Wine Orbit, Sam Kim

 

98 Points + Gold Medal + 5 STARS
“Inky purple wine; old school style done well. Has a nose offering a head full of cherry cola aromas. Soft in the mouth with brooding varietal fruit in the red spectrum”. Winestate Magazine, Shiraz Challenge
94 Points (Outstanding)
“Judgement Shiraz arrives as a complex 5yo, but still look forward to many years ahead in bottle. Flavour, oak and tannin have melded with time producing a charming elegance. Brings a swathe of ripe red and black berries in tandem with chocolate, coffee grounds, anise and Asian spice. Sapid fine tannins to the force”. Jeni Port, Halliday Wine Companion 
GRAPE VARIETY:Shiraz
VINTAGE:2016
REGION:100% One Tree Hill
ANALYSIS:15% 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 30 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 oak barrels to undergo Malolactic fermentation.
STORAGE/MATURATION:24 months in 100% New Extra Fine Grain French oak barrels.

 

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