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Shiraz (98%) Viognier (2%), CANBERRA DISTRICT
The growing season leading up to the 2015 harvest was generally temperate, with moderate rainfall assisting to create near-perfect conditions. Very modest yields in 2015 produced shiraz grapes with well-ripened tannin and pristine flavours.
Made from mature shiraz vines grown on elevated granitic loam sites near Murrumbateman.
The grapes were hand-harvested at approx. 13 Baumé. Fermentation with around 70% whole bunches took place in open fermenters which were worked by foot and rack/return. Individual parcels were matured in a mix of new and seasoned Allier and Tronçais oak. Blending and bottling took place in February 2016.
The 2015 Reserve is beautifully ripe, and combines the intensity and vibrancy of the vintage with the spice, perfume and elegant structure that these vineyards consistently give. Showing plenty of youthful charm now, this wine will be at its best at between five to thirty years of age.
The Collector 2015 shirazes were recognised at the 2016 National Wine Show of Australia - the Collector Marked Tree Red Shiraz 2015 was one of the suite of wines awarded the Red Wine of Provenance Trophy.
"A beautiful shiraz: rich, deep, ripe and concentrated - within the elegant Canberra paradigm. Dense, full-bodied palate. Bright berries and mint, deep and plush, with fleshy extract aplenty and supple tannins providing a rounded mouth-feel. Already a delicious drink. 95 points." - Huon Hooke, The Real Review
"This is of a bouncier feel than is usual for this cuvee, optimally ripe and threaded with a fine needle of the pepper and ground spice that mark fine, cool climate Australian shiraz. Star anise and clove waft across a wave of dark cherry and blue fruited allusions, all. Gently aromatic, with 2% of viognier in the blend, the wine is medium-bodied, uncoiling its multitude of layers with time in the glass. The finish is granitic crunchy, firm, long and soothing, with the tannins and spice sheathing and guiding the fruit, but never drying it out. 95 points." - Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion