We had a very early start to vintage in 2015, with generally mild conditions throughout. We had only a handful of hot days, which allowed natural acids to develop nicely. This was a very short, sharp vintage, with most winemakers finishing their vintage well before Easter. Yields were down, somewhere between 10 and 30% depending on variety. Joch’s take on the whole affair? ‘Fast, early and pretty’.
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 2015 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 spent no time in 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: 31 years
Vine clone: 1127 clone
Volume: 30 dozen
Plum, redcurrant on the nose with chocolate and florals on the palate (Chanticleer is always the prettiest of the 3 single vineyard wines, in my opinion) – a lovely velvety, smooth Shiraz with lovely length and persistence.
93 Points Halliday Wine Companion ('Pure shiraz velvet', Campbell Mattinson, Published 01 August 2018)
|Picking Date||5th, 11th and 17th March 2015|
|Bottling Date||1st November 2016|