Shottesbrooke Estate Shiraz 2016
Up until 2023.
APPEARANCE: Deep brick red. BOUQUET: Intense red fruit freshness and darker fruit characters dominate the bouquet, with hints of spicy black pepper upon some delicate oak. PALATE: Elegant, rich and full flavored, the palate shows some initial fruit sweetness with nuances of dark chocolate. Structured tannins pull it all together, and the oak adds some subtle vanillin characters on the finish.
2016 saw one of the earliest harvests on record. Low levels of rainfall experienced throughout winter and spring resulted in additional irrigation being required in December, and in conjunction with warm days, this created ideal ripening conditions. Although January did eventually see some substantial rainfall, overall disease pressure was low and this allowed the fruit to develop evenly, leading to an excellent combination of high quality fruit and above average yields.
Sourced from several separate vineyards, the fruit was destemmed, crushed, and then fermented in static fermenters with regular pump overs. Temperature was maintained at approximately 22C for several days and then allowed to rise naturally to complete the first stage of fermentation. Optimum color and tannin was extracted from fermentation on skins, and a portion of the wine was transferred to aged French and American oak hogsheads for further maturation.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy with rich beef bourguignon with wild mushrooms.