Bourke & Travers Shiraz 2017
The Single Vineyard Shiraz was first made in 2010 and is drawn exclusively from Block 41 on Spring Gully Road. They typically use only 10-15 per cent of the total crop for the Single Vineyard Shiraz, the vast majority of the fruit has gone to some famous wine companies, for 10 years it was contracted to Leasingham (then Hardy’s), then Penfolds (TWE) and now Kilikanoon Wines. In most seasons the Single Vineyard Shiraz comes predominantly from parts of rows 42-50, in the upper reaches (465-472m) of the vineyard. In certain years they add a single parcel of small, highly-intense, fruit from the rocky ridge in rows 4-8, to give the wine greater depth of colour. While there are natural seasonal variations, the wine is consistently black fruits-driven with plum, blackberries and soft chocolate flavours. They have reduced tannin influences in latter vintages through variations in pressing, extraction and whole bunch fermentation techniques. The wine’s style has also evolved over the years with increasing use of large-format older French oak which reveals subtle vanilla, ash, cigar and black pepper.