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'Skeleton Key'
Varietal
Shiraz
Region
McLaren Vale
Vintage
2017

2017 PENNY'S HILL 'SKELETON KEY' SHIRAZ
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A deliberately long-aged expression of the cumulative best of our McLaren Vale vineyard site, 'Skeleton Key’ is cellared and carefully bottle aged before it is unlocked.


Varietal

Shiraz 100%

Vineyard

Slightly higher elevation (140 metres) means the original Penny’s Hill vineyard enjoys a climate a little cooler than the rest of McLaren Vale. This ensures more consistent temperatures throughout the ripening period, allowing Shiraz to reach optimum ripeness with minimum stress. Planted in 1991 with clone 1654, Penny’s Hill Shiraz benefits demonstrably from a high density, narrow-row layout which sees less crop load per vine than is usual in the region. 

Winemaking

Individual shiraz blocks from the Penny’s Hill Vineyard site were harvested and vinified separately to best express the variations in terrior. Blocks were harvested during the last weeek of March and fruit parcels were fermented on skins in open fermenters for 10 days. Maturation was in the finest French oak barriques, of which 35% were new and remaining 1-3 year old oak. After 18 months, the wine was barrel selected and blended to best showcase the complexities and diversity of the Penny’s Hill Vineyard site.

The Wine

A true reflection of its terroir, this wine shows perfume and spice, coupled with vibrant red berry and blueberry fruit and underlying savoury notes. Subtle oak spice plays a supporting role and adds a layered complexity. The palate has a high level of fruit intensity, showing depth and concentration. This tightly structured has great finesse, purity and elegance; its fine tannins have focus, direction and length to charm. 

Cellaring

Ready to drink but will cellar for 8-10 years.

Winemaker

Alexia Roberts

Tech Details

pH 3.58  |  TA 6.35g/L  |  Alc/vol 14.5%

Tasting Notes

In Stock
Add To Cart
$40.00
/ 750mL
SKU: PH17SKSH76DO
Add To Cart
$240.00
/ Case of 6
 

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