2016 Road Block Shiraz
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- McLaren Vale, South Australia
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2019 - 2036
At our winery vineyard we are fortunate to be the custodians of one of the most unique and inspiring vineyard sites in McLaren Vale. The picturesque undulating hills and ancient geological formations are enhanced by our elevation, as the site perfectly capitalises on the beneficial coastal influence.
Each individual block on this vineyard is distinctive and charismatic due to its expressive geology and unique meso-climate. For this reason we have decided to showcase the uniqueness of our winery vineyard in this single block range of wines.
- Winemaking Notes
GGentle and patient winemaking is preferred to ensure that the wine expresses the unique site characters. The hand harvested grapes were gently crushed, fermented in an open fermenter and hand plunged to facilitate subtle tannin extraction.
After 10 days on skins the fermenter was basket pressed and the free run and pressing fractions were combined. The wine was then aged for 20 months in 100% French oak. The proportion of new oak was kept low to encourage the continued expression of the characters that are exclusive to the vineyard site. There were no additions of any fining agents or tannins and the wine was not filtered prior to bottling.
- Growing Conditions
The 2015/16 growing season had below average rainfall, with late winter and spring being particularly dry. Mean average temperatures were consistently above average from Oct 15 to Feb 16. A timely rainfall event in early Feb resulted refreshed the vines and slowed sugar accumulation as they entered the final stages of ripening resulting in vibrant varietal fruit flavours.
- Food Pairing
Make it a Rib-Eye!