Shiraz 2002

Vintage

Good winter rains (after several low rainfall years) combined with a cool and slightly windy spring and a long cool ripening period with consistent sunshine, has helped make 2002 one of the best in recent years. Lower than average yields helped concentrate the grapes on the vine, and the long cool season meant flavour ripeness was achieved at good sugar levels, at the same time maintaining excellent levels of natural acidity. Early indications show that wines from the 2002 vintage are extremely well balanced and with the potential of terrific longevity.

Winemaking

Traditionally made in open fermenters, the Shiraz was pressed off into barrel at approximately 2° Beaumé following twice daily pumping over skins. Undergoing natural malolactic fermentation in barrel, it was bottled after approximately 20 months maturation in a mixture of the very best new (40%) and old (60%) French and American oak barriques. The Shiraz is a medium to long term cellaring prospect under optimum conditions.

Tasting Notes

With a rich nose of plums and spice, the 2002 Shiraz is also possessed of a certain earthiness, which when combined with notes of licorice, cloves, leather and excellent oak makes for a delicious, well-balanced wine. The palate is soft and juicy, though the structure robust. In many ways this wine is quite old-fashioned – it is ripe, but not super ripe, it has fragrance and elegance, and yet its origins are obvious – this is clearly a McLaren Vale Shiraz.

 

Technical Details

Picking Date26th March 2002 and 9th April 2002
pH Level3.51
Total Acidity6.7g/L
Alc/Vol14.5%
Bottling Date8th March 2004

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