2018 Rouleur Shiraz


2018 Rouleur Shiraz

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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 boasts consistency and style, 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. 35-40% of fruit was tipped straight into an open top fermenter as whole bunches and footstomped. The remaining fruit was gently destemmed, with some being tipped on top of the whole bunch portion (to provide a little extra juice) and the remainder being tipped into 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 2 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 drive the fragrance without being dominant or green in any way.

With a concentrated core of flavor, the wine is mid-weight but intense. There’s mouth perfume and jubey fruit aplenty, along with fine sandy edged tannin to finish.

Alc Vol 13.5% PH 3.56, TA 5.8