From selected rows of the highest elevation Shiraz plantings, ‘Footprint’ is McLaren Vale Shiraz at its optimum. Remarkably pure, rich, full-bodied and well balanced, ‘Footprint’ best expresses the combined influence of terroir and man’s handiwork.
The original Penny’s Hill vineyard is situated on the foothills east of McLaren Vale and experiences a climate, slightly cooler than the valley floor that contributes to more even ripening temperatures. Planted in 1991 on Kurrajong formation, with geology consisting of clayey sands and silica-cemented conglomerate, these Shiraz vines are low yielding and produce grapes of exceptional quality and complexity. Narrow planted, in east-west orientation, these rows are 2.2m wide with high density 1.5m vine spacing, effectively reducing the yield per vine, dramatically raising quality and yet still retaining the desired crop levels of the vineyard, approximately 2 tonnes per acre. Vines are hand tended and spur pruned on a single cordon and together with precise canopy and water management the excellence of this Shiraz parcel is captured. As with each vintage of ‘Footprint’, only the most outstanding rows of Shiraz are hand selected for this limited edition, super premium release.
The grapes were fermented in small open fermenters and left on skins for 10 days prior to pressing. Post fermentation, wine was matured in French oak barriques, of which approximately 35% were new. The remainder of the parcel was matured in 1, 2 and 3 year old French oak barrels. After 22 months in oak, the wine was blended and bottled in January 2015.
Score: Hot 100 Wines Listing Review by: The Adelaide Review