2016 GC Premium Shiraz

The 2016 GC Premium Shiraz displays ripe dark cherry and plum fruit aromas with a little mocha and also some meat/gamey notes somewhere in the mix.

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GC Premium Shiraz

Overview

The fruit for the 2016 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

Maroon red with dark fruit flavours of ripe plum and blackberry are immediately evident with hints of mocha and brown spices. An even palate of dark fruit, layered texture and fine tannin structure makes a well-balanced, approachable wine with a high degree of complexity and drinkability. Still youthful / primary in flavour profile with subtle oak adding bitter chocolate, nutmeg, and thyme notes. A wine that can be enjoyed now or carefully cellared

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. 18 months in Older French Oak

 Vineyard

Single vineyard

 When to Drink

Enjoy now or cellar for 10+ years
14.0% 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 as a consequence 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 hand & machine harvested, transported to the winery, de stemmed, pressed and the juice chilled prior to the being partially clarified by cold settling – some solids were retained for texture and added complexity. It was then inoculated with a pure yeast culture, with fermentation carried out in stainless steel temperature controlled tanks for 25-30 days. After fermentation the wine was fined, stabilised and then filtered prior to bottling.

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