2013 Devils Cave Shiraz

2012 / 2013 Growing Season

After some good rain over winter, water storages were full and soil was loaded, layering a great foundation for the growing season. Flowering and fruit set followed nice and evenly.

October saw the beginning of a long, consistently warm and dry summer, which was ideal for grape growing. A couple of good rain events in February and in March provided the vines with a good natural replenishment allowing the vines to fully function and ripen fruit to optimum maturity. Grapes were hand picked picked on the 25th March.

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Variety 100% Shiraz
Clone PT23, SA1654
Region Heathcote (Victoria)
Alcohol 13.8%
pH 3.63
Titra. Acidity 6.1g/L

Winemaking
Grapes were de-stemmed into small open top fermenters with some ferments receiving a small amount of whole clusters. The grapes were then left to soak for 24 – 48 hours before inoculated. After gentle plunging for 10 – 12 days the wine was then basket pressed and transferred into 100% French oak barrel (30% new 300L) for malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was racked twice through out its maturation followed by a final racking before bottling.

Sensory note
A beautiful perfumed bouquet with lifted red and dark berry fruits and a subtle background of pepper spice with wholebunch notes. The palate has a lovely fruit concentration and texture with powerful mouth coating tannins. The wine will reach its peak in 3 – 5 years and will drink well for a further 5 year.