Ding’s Shiraz has a fresh cordial like nose with some gamey notes and the merest whiff of eucalypt. On the palate there are full red fruits with a little pastille and even tannins. Full long and persistent.
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."
This 2013 Shiraz is made using grapes from our Ding’s Vineyard. It has been hand-made, hand bottled and is unfiltered. The wine was open fermented then matured without any time in oak barrels at all, to allow the expression of the vineyard in its purest form. (Ding's Block is named after Joch's first dog who is buried under panel 1 in row 1. I'm not being morbid, it's just a fact.)
Soil Type: Urrbrae stony loam
Geology: Christies Beach formation, Quaternary period
Elevation: 130 metres
Vine Age: 11 years
Volume: 33 dozen
Nick Stock's McLaren Vale Report #2 on www.jamessuckling.com
A superbly balanced wine that smells of crushed red berries. The palate delivers plenty of plum, mulberry and red liquorice flavour and the tannins fill it out just perfectly. Drink now and through to 2020.
Vineyards: Ding's Block
Picking Date: 9th and 11th March 2013
Bottling Date: 24th March 2015