PENNY'S HILL 'CRACKING BLACK' SHIRAZ 2015

THE WINE

Truly representative of the Penny’s Hill McLaren Vale terroir, ‘Cracking Black’ pays homage to the Bay of Biscay soils which contribute to the generosity and richness of the mighty Shiraz wines from the region. 

THE VINEYARDS

Sourced from our estate Malpas Road Vineyard, planted in 1991 on land which was originally referred to as ‘Bay of Biscay’. This is 
an obvious reference to the relatively infertile cracking, grey-black soil upon which our hand-tended Shiraz patch does its work. The fissures which occur as the black soil cracks apart, sever surplus root structure; a process which naturally lessens vigour and enhances ultimate grape quality. Other fruit parcels were sourced from the slightly higher elevated vines of the Penny’s Hill Vineyard. Detailed canopy management, judicious irrigation and passionate viticultural practices in both these high class vineyards contribute to this outstanding Shiraz.

VINIFICATION

To best reflect the variation in terroir across our vineyard sites, each Shiraz parcel was harvested, fermented and matured separately. Vintage 2015 was a compact harvest period and all fruit parcels were picked during the last 2 weeks of February. After approximately 10 days on skins in open or static fermenters, wines were pressed and filled immediately to the finest oak barrels. Each parcel was matured for 18 months prior to barrel selection and blending. The final blend consisted of 20% new French oak barrels and wine was bottled in November 2016. 

$25.00 per bottle


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CLOSURE
Screw cap

WINEMAKER
Alexia Roberts

COLOUR
Dark cherry red

BOUQUET
Bright Satsuma plum and dark cherry notes with hints of licorice, spice and mocha notes

PALATE
Oozing with cherry and dark berry fruits, this McLaren Vale Shiraz is layered with milk chocolate, anise and finely integrated oak spice. Showing fresh blackberry and satsuma plum fruits on the palate, this wine is generous and well defined. The tannins delicately wrap the fruit and guide it along the palate, resulting in a wine of exceptional length and character.

GRAPE VARIETY
Shiraz

GROWING REGION
McLaren Vale

% ALCOHOL
14.5

ACIDITY
6.04

pH
3.6

 

 

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