From selected rows of the highest elevation Shiraz plantings, 'Footprint' is McLaren Vale Shiraz at its optimum. The 'footprinting' process of picking and isolating several parcels of outstanding fruit over several days, precedes small-batch open fermentation before the primary ferment is completed in predominantly new French oak. Remarkably pure, rich, full-bodied and well-balanced, 'Footprint' best expresses the combined influence of terroir and man's handiwork.
As with each vintage of ‘footprint’, only the most outstanding shiraz from the narrow planted rows of the Penny’s Hill Vineyard is chosen. Vintage 2010 produced fruit of exceptional condition, arguably our best yet.
Vintage 2010 was classic McLaren Vale producing outstanding, stylish and flavoursome wines. From the shallow loam over clay soils of rows 33-38 on the northern side of the original Penny’s Hill Shiraz plantings, the best was found. Picking occurred over the period 9th-14th March 2010.
After 7 days on skins in small open fermenters, the wine was pressed off almost dry. During fermentation, temperature peaks of around 28-30°C helped extract colour and flavour. Post pressing, the wine went straight to oak barrels; a mix of predominantly French (with approximately 10% American), with a combination of new oak and 1 and 2-year-old Penny’s Hill oak. After 22 months, the parcels were blended and then bottled on 1st December 2011, before release in August 2012.