2016 GC Celtic Farm Shiraz Cabernet

The 2016 GC Celtic Farm Shiraz Cabernet is a really attractive Clare red blend which will repay medium term cellaring

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GC Celtic Farm Shiraz Cabernet

Overview

A degree of elegance - deep red in colour, the wine displays ripe satsuma plum and blackcurrant, a little chocolate and a hint of cedary French oak.

 

Tasting Notes

Deep red in colour, the wine displays ripe satsuma plum and blackcurrant, a little chocolate and a hint of charry French oak. The palate is quite rich but retains a degree of elegance with its balanced acidity. It also has a good depth of juicy, fleshy dark berry fruit held in check by some fine grained tannins. A really attractive Clare red blend which will repay medium term cellaring – say 4-6 years. Try with game pie.

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

85% Shiraz, 15%, Cabernet

 Vineyard

Single vineyard

 When to Drink

Enjoy now or cellar for 4-6 years
13.5% Alcohol

  

Vintage Notes

Growing Season

The 2016 vintage was shaped by a cool winter with average rainfall followed by a dry, warm spring and quite a hot December. Budburst was earlier than normal due to the warmer conditions in September and consequently harvest was also very early – we commenced vintage on Feb 9th. Thankfully January and February were quite mild with below average maximum and minimum temperatures experienced for both months. Around 30mm of rain received on 29th January went a long way towards shaping the vintage also. It has probably turned a potentially ordinary vintage into something potentially quite special.

 

Winemaking

The grapes for this wine were both machine and hand harvested, transported to the winery, destemmed into small open fermenters, chilled and macerated for approx 3-4 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 used French 228L barrels for 18 months.

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