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2012 Hard Hill Road Shiraz

Region

Great Western, Victoria, Australia.

Winemaking

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-plunged the fermentations only twice per day, and once the fermentation was complete the wine sat on its skins for another month before gentle pressing in a small hand-operated basket. The wine then rested in French and American 500L puncheons for 18 months.

Tasting notes

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.

Reviews

James Halliday Wine Companion 2015 – 96 pts
Deeply coloured; a full-bodied wine with elegance, thanks to the precisely controlled alcohol; the intense flavours of blackberry, blackcurrant, liquorice, dark chocolate and pepper are framed by high quality French oak and persistent, but fine and balanced, tannins. It will be extremely long-lived, never losing its way. Drink by 2047.

Technical data

Harvested in late March 2012
Bottled in January 2014
Released December 2014
Cellaring Potential of 20 years +
Alcohol – 14.0%
Total Acidity – 7.0 g/L
pH – 3.48