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2020 Augustus Greenock Shiraz

Estate Grown | Single Vineyard | Property Founded 1855 | Basket Pressed

The 2020 Augustus Greenock Shiraz was sourced from a single vineyard grown on the families Greenock property, known as the Augustus Vineyard.  Only the finest fruit from this hillside vineyard was selected.  The vines are planted at an altitude of 350m in red-brown earth over friable red clay.  As the soil depth increases the vine roots run deep into the large calcareous clay layer.  The gentle slope and rocky soil allow for good drainage and all supported on an ironstone rich hill.

The grapes were handpicked on the 6th and 11th of March, 100% de-stemmed and 100% crushed berries were then placed into small 3 tonne open top fermenters.  Fermentation and extended maceration on skins were conducted over 20 days with the cap being hand plunged twice per day with an occasional rack and return.  After primary fermentation the wine is drained to barrel and the skins are hand-dug to the basket press.  And matured with minimal racking until being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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Appearance:  Deep purple to black core with a crimson-red rim.

Aroma:  Perfumed blackberry, dark cherry, cassis and spices fill the nose.  Gentle wafts of savoury notes, black olive, ironstone and subtle cedar aromas grace the glass.

Palate:  Medium to full bodied, concentrated, plush mouthfeel with blackberry and cassis flowing onto the palate.  The black fruit flavours and spice are melding beautifully with dark chocolate, reminisce of Christmas and black forest cake.  Medium acidity is perfectly balanced with natural fruit tannins and high-quality oak tannins giving a long lingering spicey and cedary finish.

Region:  100% Barossa Valley

Sub Region:  100% Greenock

Bottled:  Unfined and unfiltered on 17th December 2021

Production:  418 dozen

pH:  3.54

Total Acid:  6.4 g/L

Alcohol:  14.5%

Maturation:  20 months in 48% new French oak, 28% seasoned French oak and 16% new American oak and 8% seasoned American oak hogsheads.

Cellar Potential:  15 years with careful cellaring.

Winemaker:  Shawn Kalleske

Last tasted:  22/10/2023


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