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.
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.
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.
Score: 95 POINTS
Score: 95 POINTS