Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz 2018
Style: A complex, finely-textured Shiraz expressing the conditions of each vintage and the character of a unique vineyard site.
Pepper and spice with lifted florals, a hallmark of Balhannah fruit. A balanced wine, elegant and complex, with amazing length.
Season: Outstanding quality from a growing season that threatened, at times, to be tricky. After some heat in January, the moderate, dry and sunny months of February and March delivered beautifully balanced fruit. Crop levels were slightly below average, enhancing flavour and intensity.
Source: From close-planted (5,500 vines/hectare) low yielding vines at Shaw + Smith’s Balhannah Vineyard, planted in 2005. It has a north-facing aspect and the soils are loam over clay, ironstone, quartzite, and shale.
Vinification: Hand picked, sorted and fermented as whole berries and whole bunches, in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working. Aged in 500 litre French oak puncheons for 14 months.
Background: This distinctive site had always shown potential for a single site wine, and in 2013 we made our first release.
Serve: Decant and enjoy with osso buco. Ideal temperature is 16-18°C.
Cellar potential: Has the concentration and structure to develop fine tertiary characters in bottle over the next 15 years.