Colour: Crimson red with purple hues.
Bouquet: Complex plum, dark olive, spice and dark cherry fruits with subtle cedar and toasted notes from time in oak barrels.
Palate: The wine has exceptional fruit concentrations of ripe plum and blackberry with light spice and savory oak nuances. Well structured fine tannins give this wine finesse with length. Persistence on the palate is a hallmark of this wine.
Winemaking: "Once harvested, the ""Black Once harvested, the “Black ClusterTM Shiraz” was fermented in small, static fermenters and inoculated with a neutral strain of yeast. During fermentation, temperatures were kept between 20 to 28C and the must pumped over regularly to ensure good extraction of tannin and colour from the grape skins. The progress of the ferment was monitored during daily tasting and regular analysis. After pressing, the wine was transferred into a selection of new and old French and American oak barrels for maturation. After approximately 27 months in oak, each barrel was tasted by winemakers prior to blending and any that were not up to an exacting standard were not included in the blend. This wine has had minimal clarification prior to bottling. Further bottle maturation of approximately 14 months has begun to soften the tannins and increase the complexity of this iconic wine.
Vintage Conditions: Very good winter, spring and early summer rainfall lead to healthy, stress free vines. The season was relatively cool up until véraison with hot, dry January temperatures providing the perfect weather for fruit to ripen in. These conditions allowed full fruit maturity with excellent colours and intense varietal flavours. Regular inspection and assessment of the vineyard by our winemaker ensured that the grapes were harvested at their optimum.
Gold Medal - China W&S Awards Best Value