The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa districts of Greenock, Moppa, Belvedere, Stonewell, Seppeltsfield, Koonunga and Ebenezer. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz and combined they produce the ultimate blend.
The wine was vintaged at the Kalleske winery at Greenock by Tony & Troy Kalleske. Following harvest, each individual lot of grapes was crushed into a separate open top fermenter. During fermentation, hand pump-overs gently extracted colour and flavour from the grapes. The fermented grapes were pressed with a traditional press. The wines were then filled to new and seasoned American, French, Russian and Hungarian oak hogsheads for maturation for eighteen months before each lot of wine was racked from the barrel and carefully blended. The wine was bottled without fining, ensuring the true expression of the vineyards in the bottle.
Pirathon Shiraz 2015 is dark purple-black in colour. The inviting boquet is uplifting and indicative of a complex wine with blackberry, perfume, spice, chocolate and a touch of classy oak. The full-bodied palate is rich and mouthfilling. It is amazingly well structured which adds a defined framework to the ripe dark fruits. There are background oak barrel characters that complement the bright fruit flavours. Solid but fine natural tannins add a pleasing dryness to support the intense fruit. Overall, this Shiraz is of impeccable balance with the fruit, tannin and oak all working in unison together to provide harmony and complexity. A very lengthy finish completes this powerful and solid wine. Pirathon is a paramount expression of north-western Barossa Shiraz that will reward time in the cellar for a decade.