2014 H.R.B Single Vineyard Shiraz Pinot Noir

Hunter Valley

TASTING NOTES

VINTAGE 

The 2014 vintage was one of the earliest on record for most grapegrowers in the Hunter.  It was an exciting year with optimal dry conditions right up to the end of harvest.  For the first time in years the fruit was picked based on flavour ripeness and not because of the threat of rain!  Vintage was both stress- and trouble-free with the end results producing good tonnage and grapes with excellent varietal fruit flavour. This year is shaping up to be one of great, classic Hunter Valley vintages. 

The Shiraz (62%) for this blend has been sourced from our premium Dairy Hill block which provides concentrated, classic medium body Hunter Shiraz. The Pinot Noir (38%) is the MV6 clone planted at the base of the Dairy Hill. The vineyard has drip irrigation installed on each vine row to ensure vine health and consistency of quality.  The crop yields are relatively low, producing excellent concentration of fruit flavour.     

WINEMAKING

The two blocks were picked individually at the optimal ripeness. A small portion of Shiraz was whole bunch fermented in oak whilst the remainder was de-stemmed into the fermenter and fermented with a specific yeast strain used to enhance the vineyard derived primary fruit characters. Once fermentation was finished, the Shiraz was pressed off skins and racked to oak, with 30% new French oak puncheons filled.  The Pinot Noir block was partially de-stemmed, with approximately 40% whole clusters used in the open top fermenter. The Pinot Noir was fermented using indigenous yeast and carefully temperature monitored to capture the delicate Pinot Noir floral notes. Once fermentation was complete, the Pinot Noir was pressed off skins and racked to old oak puncheons.  The wine was blended after 18 months maturation in oak and gently fined and filtered before being sent to bottle.   

TASTING NOTES  

The nose is perfumed floral notes of cassis and dark cherry notes. The palate is a finely balanced blend of dark cherry, cassis and spice notes. Elegant, medium bodied with silky tannins and a fine boned acid structure, this wine is made to intrigue and delight.  Reward yourself with careful cellaring up to ten years.   

AWARDS  

Bronze: 2015 Melbourne Wine Show     

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  • Bottle Price:60.00

    Members 48.00

  • Case Price:720.00

    Members 576.00

12 bottles to a case