PENNY'S HILL 'FOOTPRINT' SHIRAZ 2011

THE WINE

As with each Vintage of ‘Footprint’, only the most outstanding Shiraz from the narrow planted rows of the Penny’s Hill vineyard is chosen for this limited edition, super premium release. Vintage 2011 produced fruit of exceptional condition, aiding the creation of a ‘Footprint’ Shiraz which winemaker, Ben Riggs, acknowledges is our best yet.

THE VINEYARDS

Vintage 2011 was classic McLaren Vale producing outstanding, stylish and flavoursome wines. From the shallow loam over clay soils of rows 49-54 on the northern side of the original Penny’s Hill Shiraz plantings, the best was found. Picked on the 15th March 2011.

VINIFICATION

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 really helped to extract colour and flavour. Post pressing, the wine went straight to oak barrels; a mix of predominantly French (with approximately 10% American), and new oak comprising some 30% of the combination. The remainder was aged in 1 and 2-year-old Penny’s Hill oak. After 22 months, the parcels were blended and then bottled on 1st April 2013.

McLAREN VALE SCARCE EARTH

Penny's Hill 'Footprint' Shiraz was is part of the Scarce Earth initiative, a long term initiative of McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association that explores and celebrates the diversity of the region.

McLaren Vale Scarce Earth encourages the release of single block Shiraz wines to allow us to continually learn more about our region and to also further explore the relative influence of geology, soil, climate and topography on wine style.

All wines come from a single block, a small plot of land with a unique flavour profile and personality.

A panel consisting of three local winemakers and three independent experts, assess each wine to ensure that site is expressed in the glass and the wine free of overt winemaking influences.

REVIEWS

 

AWARDS
Vintage 2011, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion
95 POINTS
Vintage 2011, The Weekend Australian Magazine
95 POINTS

Other Vintages
2010 |  2012 |  2013 |  2014 |  2015 | 

WINEMAKER
Ben Riggs

COLOUR
Inky and opaque- Dark ruby to the rim.

BOUQUET
Ripe blackberries and currants plus spice, dreid hearbs, liquorice with a perfumed lift.

PALATE
The ultra regional, remarkably pure, full-bodied McLaren Vale Shiraz creates a luscious, rich palate. Well balanced with layers of chocolate, leather and earth revealed. Silky tannins complete the picture.

GRAPE VARIETY
Shiraz

GROWING REGION
McLaren Vale

% ALCOHOL
14.5%

ACIDITY
7.32 g/L

pH
3.48

MATURATION
The characteristics of the ‘Footprint’ suit long cellaring; 8-12 years.

 

 

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