2014 Devils Cave Shiraz

2013 / 2014 Growing Season

After some good soaking rains over winter provided a good start to the growing season. The spring saw below average temperatures accompanied by some heavy rain events during flowering that decreased crop loads. However, the cool weather was short lived with above average temperatures December through to March. These prolonged warmer temperatures resulted in a significantly slower veraison period, but the vines coped well under the conditions and welcomed some cooler weather allowing vine function to be at optimum leading into harvest.

Whilst crops loads were seen to be significantly less, the small bunches and berry size displayed great concentration, flavor as well as retaining good natural acidity. Grapes were hand picked on the 25th March.

Variety 100% Shiraz
Clone PT23, SA1654
Region Heathcote (Victoria)
Alcohol 14.0%
pH 3.55
Titra. Acidity 5.9g/L


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 – 14 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 vibrant bouquet with lifted red and dark berry fruits with a subtle background of pepper spice and wholebunch notes. This beautifully structured wine displays great concentration with mouth coating tannins and volume of fruit that carries the long finish.