We had terrific winter and spring rains leading up to vintage 2017, a marked contrast to the previous year, proving once again if proof were needed, that every vintage is different. We had a cool early part to spring too, combined with the spring rain. Flowering was about 3 weeks later than the previous year which of course meant that vintage was 3 weeks later than normal, or as some old locals said sagely, back to the old normal. There was a very long and slow ripening period which is terrific for allowing grapes to develop their flavours. We had a pretty dry February March and April, once the spring rains finished in mid-January. Overall a late vintage.
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 2017 Chanticleer Shiraz is made using Shiraz grapes grown exclusively on our Chanticleer Vineyard. It has been hand-made, hand bottled and is unfiltered. The wine was open fermented then matured in a mixture of 50% new French and older oak.
Soil Type: Urrbrae stony loam
Geology: Christies Beach formation, Quaternary period
Elevation: 138 metres
Vine Age: 33 years
Vine clone: 1127 clone
Volume: 30 dozen
Fresh red fruits (raspberries, red currant) and Redskin lollies, a medium bodied wine with brambly characters on the palate, medium bodied and with a delicious length.
95 points Halliday Wine Companion (Jane Faulkner tasted 2020)
|Picking Date||3rd March 2017|
|Bottling Date||24th October 2018|