A nose with spice, dark fruit and mulberry leads on to a soft, full, even palate with excellent weight. The wine has great length, and without being a big blockbuster style, exhibits hallmark McLaren Vale Shiraz characteristics, while maintaining a svelte, shapely exterior; there are no bulging muscles here. The 2005 Shiraz has wonderful balance, length, and class.
An ideal lead up to vintage 2005 was had at Edgehill Vineyard: good winter rains with cool temperatures preceded a perfectly timed spring rain prior to flowering. Budburst occurred at its usual time (mid – late August), followed by a slightly earlier flowering than normally experienced. In the lead up to vintage there was a very even ripening period with few temperature extremes which resulted in the vines photosynthesising longer each day, bringing vintage forward by at least a couple of weeks. 2005 was almost a textbook vintage with excellent quality grapes resulting from what in hindsight was a very cool summer (reminiscent of 2002) with minimal temperature extremes.
As a single vineyard wine, the Shiraz is made in a myriad of ways to provide a range of components from which to make the final wine. Traditional vinification saw the Shiraz undergoing a gentle fermentation in open fermenters with daily pump-overs. Approximately a third of the Shiraz was pressed off into barrel to finish ferment. A very small percentage of cordon cut, vine-dried Shiraz was blended back to the wine prior to bottling. The Shiraz matured in a mix of new and older French and American oak barriques prior to bottling.
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- James Halliday's Wine Companion 2008
- Decanter Magazine (UK) December 2007
- Australian Financial Review November 2007 Tim White
- Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine Top 100 Wine November 2007
- Adelaide Advertiser June 2007 Tony Love
- Taste Food and Wine Tyson Stelzer and Matthew Jukes 2007
Picking Date: 11th, 15th, 19th and 24th March 2005
pH Level: 3.56
Total Acidity: 6.47g/L
Bottling Date: 16th August 2006