Region: Yarra Valley (Gruyere)
Vineyard: Warramate, elevation 160 to 180 metres AMSL. Sitting at the foot of the Warramate Hills on a gentle north facing slope.
Soil: Silty clay loam over yellow clay.
Vines: The grapes that make up this wine are a blend of the 1969 “old vine” plantings and the 2000 “young vine” plantings. The young vines are four distinct Shiraz clones (BVRC12, SA1127, 1654, ESA3021). The balance being the old vine and is an unknown clone. All Warramate vines are farmed without irrigation.
Winemaking: All fruit at Warramate is hand-picked and delivered direct to the winery. The fruit was destemmed & crushed directly to a series of 0.5 to 2.0-tonne capacity open-fermenters. The vats were fermented on skins and hand-plunged to aid in the gentle extraction of colour, flavour & tactile palate components. Maturation time in barrel was 15 months prior to bottling. 100% French oak, utilizing a mixture of larger format vessels: 300-litre hogsheads (10% new) & 500-litre aged puncheons. Bottled in July 2015
Cellaring: Given the freshness & immediacy of expression it currently displays, it is ready for enjoyment right now. Expect a graceful & satisfying evolution for 10+ years under suitable cellaring conditions.
Analysis: ALC : 13% | pH: 3.33 | Titratable Acidity (TA): 6.8 g/L