Chanticleer Shiraz shows earth, red and blue fruits and black pepper on the nose, along with a hint of meat and dark chocolate. It is medium-weight with a soft palate showing blue fruits, and plush, even and clean smooth tannins. (Rated 93 points in James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine Jun/ July 2015)
It is a massive truism, but really, every vintage is different. Vintage 2012 was condensed into about 8 weeks from go to whoa which meant we had finished crushing all grapes by the end of March. Generally this feat would only be accomplished by the middle to end of April. Yields across all varieties were considerably down on average (from 15-40% in some varieties), but quality is looking very promising for both reds and whites. We had cool conditions up until the end of February then some rain, which did not affect things too much (see vintage 2011)as the whites were already picked and safely in the winery, and reds were unaffected. Joch’s prediction that 2012 will be a great red wine year is definitely holding up.
We have made this single vineyard Shiraz to explore and celebrate the geological climatic and soil diversity of the region. This wine comes from a single block, a small plot of land with a unique flavour profile and personality.
The 2012 Shiraz is made using grapes from our Chanticleer Vineyard. It has been hand-made, hand bottled and is unfiltered. The wine was open fermented and then matured in five year old French oak to allow the expression of the vineyard in its purest form.
Soil Type: Urrbrae stony loam
Geology: Christies Beach formation, Quaternary period
Elevation: 138 metres
Vine Age: 25 years
Vine clone: 1654, BVRC12 and an unknown clone
Volume: 66 dozen
Halliday 2016 Wine Companion
Organically grown grapes were open-fermented and matured in 5yo French hogsheads designed to keep oak flavours (as opposed to texture) out of the picture. Extremely concentrated and focused earthy black fruits make this a cellaring special, not to be undertaken lightly.
Picking Date: 21st, 28th and 29th February 2012
Bottling Date: 12th December 2013