Under new, hands-on ownership and with the talented young Kaspar Hermann at the winemaking helm, Toolangi have the wind in their sails. After years of (arguably) living in the shadow of the Pinot, Toolangi's Shiraz is now starting to flex its muscles. The grapes are now being cultivated and harvested with freshness to the fore and the winemaking has also been re-focused along the same lines. In short, with emphasis on elegance, balance and sustained purity, Toolangi's Shiraz wines have never tasted better. None of this should surprise really, the Yarra has long been capable of producing outstanding Syrah/ Shiraz.
Hand-harvested from rows 1-10 of Toolangi's A1 and D1 Blocks, the 2019 was naturally fermented with 10% whole bunches and 90% whole berries in both open fermenters and closed statics. It was matured in French oak and spent 10 months on lees. The result is a finely drawn, cool climate Shiraz with smoky charcuterie aromas layered with dried herbs and black fruits, a hint of restrained oak, pepper and spice. It's long and elegant, with a pristine core of dark berries and plums, tightly knit with gentle oak and supported by fine, dusty tannins. It finishes savoury with refreshing acidity.
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