Located on an eastern-facing slope on the southern edge of the Pyrenees Hills in western Central Victoria, the region’s unique iron-rich and schist soils could produce “great wines,” according to Chapoutier, and the resulting single-vineyard Shiraz from the "Malakoff" vineyard and Shiraz-Viognier blend have been highly lauded since their release in 2006.
Soil: Varying soils from red podzol overlying on schists to red sandy and silty soils.
Harvest: The crop is harvested at maturity, avoiding over maturation.
Vinification: The grapes are entirely destemmed. Maceration is carried out in cement or stainless steel tanks and lasts about two weeks in order to obtain a tannic structure necessary for preservation and good stability.
Maturation: The wine is entirely aged in stainless steel tanks from 10 to 12 months after vinification.
Colour: Intense red color.
Nose: Red berries followed by hints of exotic fruits.
Palate: Soft, smooth texture with fine tannins showing the fruit characters.
Ageing potential: +5 years
Closure: Screw cap