Vintage 2014 was a season of extremes for us all in McLaren Vale. We had great winter rains which gave us a full soil moisture profile in time for a dry and windy spring. They don’t call it windy Willunga for nothing. We had a series of very hot days in January, followed by about 45mm of rain over a 48 period in early February which slowed ripening of our red grapes right down. We had picked all of our white grapes prior to the rain ‘event’ and so we had a decent break between whites and reds, like the good old days. Joch’s analysis of 2014 is that it was a gentleman’s vintage – everything came in slowly and in order.
"Scarce Earth is a McLaren Vale initiative exploring and celebrating the geological climatic and soil diversity of the region. All wines come from a single block, a small plot of land with a unique flavour profile and personality."
The 2014 Braden’s Shiraz is made using grapes from our Braden’s Vineyard. It has been hand-made, hand bottled and is unfiltered. The wine was open fermented and spent no time in oak to allow the expression of the vineyard in its purest form.
Soil Type: Bay of Biscay
Geology: Christies Beach Formation, Quaternary period.
Elevation: 90 metres
Vine Age: 42 years
Vine clone: Unknown, thought to be a Reynell selection
Volume: 30 dozen
The colour is dark, and there is dark chocolate and ripe plum and spice on the nose with red and black fruits on the palate. A spicy, full and flavoursome wine.
|Picking Date||4th, 7th and 12th March 2014|
|Bottling Date||25th November 2015|