From selected rows of our 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.
From the selected 12 rows of the best block of Shiraz, fruit was harvested on the 19th of February and open fermented on skins for 14 days prior to pressing.Wine was matured in the finest French oak barriques, of which 50% were new and remaining were 1 year old oak. After 18 months of maturation, this small parcel was blended and bottled in November 2016.
Rich and powerful, this wine is Penny’s Hill Shiraz at its complex best. Showcasing blackberry and dark plum fruits with savoury and earthy notes, black olive and cedar. On the palate, the fruit shows purity and elegance combined with mineral tones and focused oak; its layers of earthiness and complexity continue.The 2015 ‘Footprint’ Shiraz is an opulent wine with a magical intensity and drive that best reflects the terroir in which the fruit is grown. Inky and opaque.
pH 3.58 | TA 6.49 g/l | Alc/vol 14.5%
95 Points - James Halliday - Wine Companion 2018: "Comes from 12 selected rows on the original Penny's Hill vinveyard, situated in the slightly cooler foothills east of McLaren Vale. Open fermented, and aged in 50% new, 50% 1 yo French barriques for 18 months. Latent depth and power here, the seemible formidable oak absorbed easily by the intense black fruit and minerality of the terroir. Demands time."
GOLD - Mundus Vini 2017
GOLD - IWC 2017