Shottesbrooke Reserve Series Eliza Shiraz 2016
March 7th, 2016
Up until 2040.
APPEARANCE: Deep red with a lively purple hue. BOUQUET: Intense aromas of brooding dark fruit and savory, spicy oak. PALATE: The full bodied palate is enticing, with rich, dark forest fruit flavors supported by layers of delightfully toasty oak and dark chocolate. The soft yet sturdy tannins provide a textural edge, before finishing with a pleasant length.
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.
The grapes for this wine were picked in early March at optimum ripeness and immediately crushed and destemmed. The ferment was maintained, on skins, between 22-25C and once at its peak, the grapes were pressed to 100% new, high grade American oak hogsheads to allow the wine to finish its ferment. Malolactic fermentation was completed in the same barrels before racking twice over the next 19 months prior to bottling. The ‘Eliza’ Shiraz is only released in years of exceptional quality.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy with braised beef cheeks, roasted baby carrots, and creamy mash potato.