The pedigree and provenance of the Shiraz vineyards at Hutton Vale Farm is impressive. The ‘old’ block was planted in the 1960s with cuttings taken from the nearby Mount Edelstone vineyard. 50 years or more down the track, the old dry grown vines continue to survive, the dry conditions a perfect foil for the natural vigour of Shiraz. The ‘young’ block was planted to the East in the 1990s on a sloping site in a similarly tough environment, using cuttings taken from the ‘old’ block.
The growing and vintage conditions in 2012 were some of the most ideal seen at Hutton Vale Farm, producing average yields of intensely flavoured fruit. Both blocks were hand picked on the 16th March, destemmed and fermented for 6 days on skins with twice daily pump overs. The wine was matured for two years in a combination of 50% new and seasoned French oak puncheons.
There’s plenty of dark red and black fruits, whole black pepper spice and herbs on the nose. The palate is brimming with brooding dark red fruits and salty-savoury liquorice notes that characterise Shiraz from this area. The finish is seamless, fine and long.