Tscharke Shiraz Shiraz Shiraz 2020
Every detail of this wine speaks of Shiraz, starting from its rich crimson colour. The nose is concentrated and dark. Fruit, spice, and soft oak outline a classic and robust core to this wine, while hints of violet and herbs reveal its delicate and more feminine side. The palate is dominated by fine yet firm texture. Fruity, spicy, and floral notes blend together seamlessly in every sip. The oak plays a minor role here, but it persists long after the primary characters start to fade, giving length and complexity to the finish. This is a fresh, textured, and layered expression of Barossa Shiraz to drink and share young or age for a decade.
WINEMAKING Fruit from the three vineyards was picked over a period of 2 weeks in March. Each parcel was vinified individually. All the grapes were destemmed and crushed into open fermenters, where they were fermented at temperatures not exceeding 25C for 10-14 days. The cap was managed with twice daily pump overs and once dry the wines were bag pressed to tank to complete MLF before being racked to oak. After 3 months of élevage on lees, the components from the three vineyards, as well as a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and Graciano, were racked, blended, and returned to a selection of French oak of different sizes (10% new). A further 10-month maturation allowed the wine to come together and soften before being racked, filtered, and bottled.
VINTAGE REPORT The wines of 2020 vintage are proving to be of exceptional quality, despite the challenging growing season and very low yields. Winter rainfall was below average but a warm start to spring gave rise to even budburst and minimal frost events. The growing season was hampered by unseasonably high winds that delivered the biggest blow to the season, at flowering. Dry conditions, extremely high temperatures coupled with the strong winds destroyed up to 70% of flowers in some vineyards; Shiraz the worst affected. The ripening conditions were ideal, moderate temperatures and minimal rain provided very low risk to disease pressures. Supplementary irrigation was critical in nurturing the health of the vineyards and encouraging favourable fruit ripening. The general quality of wines from 2020 has proven great to exceptional; rich in flavour, strong colour and ripe tannins. Many of the wines formed balance early during fermentation and those well-structured will age well. Standouts varieties include Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Shiraz and Montepulciano.