2018 Rouleur Shiraz
2018 Rouleur Shiraz
Our 2018 Shiraz hails from a single, dry-grown vineyard in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale.
Expertly farmed and managed, the elevated Springs Hill site tracks a regionally cooler path on soils consisting of maslin sand over ironstone clay and gravels. The fruit from here is consistent in quality and provides us wine with intensity and flavour wrapped around fine structural bones.
In vintage 2018 we opted to handpick early with the aim of capturing brightness and vitality, avoiding any dried-out or raisined fruit character that can result from too much ‘hang time’ in the South Australian heat.
At the winery we meticulously handsorted bunches before processing. Up to 40% of fruit was tipped straight into an open top fermenter as whole bunches and footstomped, whilst the remainder was gently destemmed to it’s own pot for fermentation.
The whole bunches started fermenting without encouragement and the destemmed pot kicked off naturally after 5 days cold soaking and fermented evenly with irregular pump overs to dryness.
Our destemmed ferment remained on skins (post) for nearly 3 weeks, with daily tasting until the decision to press was made. To avoid picking up any undesired herbal or stemmy characters we opted to press the whole bunch portion warm, draining to tank and once dry, racked to old 500L puncheons for MLF and maturation.
Both parcels were racked off gross lees only once during the winter months and kept separate until blending in tank where the wine was lightly filtered before bottling in February 2019.
The 2018 Rouleur Shiraz has violet perfumes, blue and red fruits, tilled earth and complex cardamom spice. Whole bunch tends to guide the fragrance without being dominant or green in any way.
With a concentrated core of flavor, our Shiraz is mid-weight but intense. There’s mouth perfume and juicy fruit aplenty, along with spritely acid and sandy edged tannins to finish.
Alc Vol 13.5% PH 3.56, TA 5.8