The MV displays the hallmarks of classic McLaren Vale Shiraz - elegance, balance and pleasure in a bottle. This wine gives the best of both worlds: a fantastic wine when young, but careful cellaring for 10-15 years will reward you very nicely.
VINTAGE: 2017 was a fantastic year for winemaking in McLaren Vale. We had an extremely wet winter and our vineyards reached full saturation point. Spring brought very consistent fruit set and flowering. The rain continued throughout summer and mild days with cool nights allowed for a slow ripening season. These conditions resulted in fragrant whites with lower acidity, and elegant reds with very attractive primary fruit flavours and lower alcohols
VINIFICATION: Individual parcels from each vineyard were selected when they reached optimum sugar and flavour equilibrium. The parcels were kept separate throughout picking, de-stemming and fermenting, to ensure the resultant selections of wine were of the highest quality. Fermentation was carried out in open and static fermenters. During this process, each parcel was plunged and pumped over twice a day for 14 days, to extract colour, flavour and tannin structure. The ferments were pressed to new and mature American and French oak barriques, where they were nurtured for 12 months prior to blending and bottling.
TOTAL SO2: 65ppm
WINEMAKER: Richard Freebairn