2008 GC Premium Shiraz

The 2008 GC Premium Shiraz shows all the usual blackberry, star anise and ferrous characters that we have come to expect from this site.

Rich and ripe on the palate, it displays plenty of texture and length driven by the robust natural tannins present

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GC Premium Shiraz

Overview

The fruit for the 2008 GC Premium Shiraz comes from the two oldest blocks of Shiraz on the vineyard. Varying percentages of both blocks make up the Premium depending on the year.

 

Tasting Notes

Incredibly deep red, almost black in colour absolutely typical of the Gaelic Cemetery Vineyard. This wine exudes “super ripe” satsuma plum, blackberry, mocha and ironstone. Rich and full on the palate this is a wine of great texture and length. It will take at least a decade, perhaps two, to unwind all the inner nuances that the wine undoubtedly has.

Technical Detail

 Region

100% Clare Valley, South Australia.
One of Australia's oldest and most premium wine regions, famous all around the world for it's Riesling and Shiraz wines in particular

 Varietal

100% Shiraz

 Vineyard

Single vineyard

 When to Drink

Enjoy now or cellar for 10+ years
14.5% Alcohol

  

Vintage Notes

Growing Season

The 2008 vintage was on the back of unusual seasonal conditions for the Clare Valley. Most of South Eastern Australia was affected by a severe drought with crop levels being reduced significantly in most regions. A severe heat wave in the first half of March saw sugar accumulate quite rapidly after verasion, so timing of harvest was crucial to making good wines. Those who got it right managed to make high quality wines of great colour and backbone that retained good levels of natural acidity as well as plenty of mid palate flavor.

 

Winemaking

The grapes for this wine were both machine and hand harvested, transported to the winery, crushed into 4t open fermenters, chilled and cold soaked for approx 4-5 days prior to the natural yeasts kicking in and beginning the ferment. Fermentation was completed within 12 days prior to the wine being pressed and run into new and used French 228L barrels for just on 18months.

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