The pedigree and provenance of the Shiraz vineyards at Hutton Vale Farm is impressive. The ‘old’ block was planted in the 1960s with cuttings taken from the nearby Mount Edelstone vineyard. 50 years or more down the track, the old dry grown vines continue to survive, the dry conditions a perfect foil for the natural vigour of Shiraz. The ‘young’ block was planted to the East in the 1990s on a sloping site in a similarly tough environment, using cuttings taken from the ‘old’ block.
Hand-picked and destemmed to open fermenters where it was inoculated with selected yeast strains and fermented warm (peaking at around 24C) over 5 to 7 days. During this time the ferment was hand pumped over twice a day for 45 minutes each time. It was then drained and pressed to tank to ferment to dryness. Malolactic fermentation was completed in thick staved French Oak puncheons (40% new) with maturation for 30 months. A further 20 months in bottle saw it finally ready for release.
Deep red with purple tinges, pepper and aniseed with herbal undertones lead into cherry and plum fruit with traces of violets and forest floor. On the palate, rich, red berries and brambles entwine with white pepper and spice complemented by cedar oak and mouth-coating tannins leading to a lingering spiced plum aftertaste.
Awards & Accolades
Gold – International Wine & Spirit Competition 2019.
93 Points – Huon Hooke, The Real Review 2019.