2012 Devils Cave Shiraz

2011 / 2012 Growing Season

This was our first vintage for Devil’s Cave and following a wet 2011 season, soil moisture had been replenished and warm weather gave an excellent start to flowering and fruit set.

The summer months were quite dry and January was warmer than average, followed by warmer than average overnight lows during February, allowing the vines to ripen fruit at a nice consistent rate. Late march saw small amounts of rain followed by little wind and small amounts of botrytis began to develop in the vineyard. Through careful shorting in the vineyard the fruit was hand picked on the 20th of March rewarding us with bright, vibrant and well-balanced fruit.

devils-cave-2012-vintage

Variety 100% Shiraz
Clone PT23
Region Heathcote (Victoria)
Alcohol 13.6%
pH 3.67
Titra. Acidity 5.9g/L

Winemaking
Following careful hand picking, bunches were de-stemmed into small open top fermenters and aloud to soak for 24 – 48 hrs. before inoculated. After gentle plunging for 12 days the wine was then basket pressed and transferred into 100% French oak barrel (25% new oak) for malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was racked twice through out its maturation period, followed by a final third racking and then bottled.

Sensory note
A beautiful dark, dense crimson colour. The wine displays minerality with vibrant red berry fruits and white pepper spice. The palate has lovely fruit texture and long fine-grained tannins with a savoury and complex finish.