There are beautiful blue fruits on the nose with subtle flowers. There are red fruits on the palate with raspberry. This is a mid-weight wine which is fresh, fresh, fresh!
We had good winter rains then warm summer conditions which brought about an early harvest. We had a few hot-cool-hot-cool periods which made it a little trickier to decide when to pick, but Joch reckons he got it right in the end.
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 2013 Chanticleer Shiraz is made using Shiraz grapes from our Chanticleer Vineyard. It has been hand-made, hand bottled and is unfiltered. The wine was open fermented then matured in four 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: 30 years
Vine clone: 1127 clone
Volume: 31 dozen
Nick Stock's McLaren Vale Report #2 on www.jamessuckling.com
An onoaked version of this wine in 2013, the fruits are super pure in the red to purple spectrum and the same brambly edge seen in the 2012 is here again. The palate's super light, really floats along and delivers bright smooth and playful tannin texture.
Picking Date: 21st, 25th and 28th February 2013
Bottling Date: 24th March 2015