Hard Hill Road Shiraz
Great Western, Victoria, Australia.
Low yielding vines combined with cool autumn nights result in Hard Hill Road grapes that display a full degree of ripeness whilst retaining their characteristic complex structure. These conditions conspire to produce an elegant, rich and balanced Hard Hill Road wine that displays a full spectrum of dark berry flavours.
Grown on our Hard Hill Road vineyard in Great Western, these Shiraz grapes were vinified in small batches and fermented as whole berries and whole bunches. We hand-plunge the fermentations only twice per day, and once the fermentation is complete the wine sits on its skins for about a month before gentle pressing, followed by resting in French and American 500L puncheons for 18 months.
Built to last, this Shiraz has a tightly woven fabric of intense flavours including blackberry, liquorice, dark chocolate and black pepper. Secondary notes of tar, gunsmoke and cured meats add an element of the exotic, and sit comfortably atop a fine tannin backbone. The underlying structure is refined and complex, providing for a long and evolved finish.
This Hard Hill Road wine is built to last. Although, it already presents a seamless balance of fruit depth and tannin, it will continue to entwine all aspects of its personality and gain further complexity with decades of cellar time.
Harvested in April
Cellaring Potential of 20 years +
Alcohol – 14.5%
Total Acidity – 6.5 g/L