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Carl Albert (Moppa Block) Shiraz 2016

Estate Grown| Single Vineyard | Open Top Fermented | Basket Pressed

Carl Albert Shiraz is sourced from Block 4, a 4 acre single vineyard on the eastern slopes of Moppa Hill, located in the Barossa Valley.  This vineyard has an altitude of almost 400m which makes it the highest vineyard on the western side of the Barossa, a somewhat cooler site in a warmer region.  The soil is very stony red-brown earth with ironstone fragments over friable red-orange clay.  With crop levels generally low, the 16 vintage produced a total of 14 barrels from this site with only strict criteria choosing 3 barrels for bottling.

The grapes were handpicked on the 6th  & 8th  of March, 100% de-stemmed and 100% berries fully crushed into small 3 tonne open top fermenters.  Cold soak and fermentation was conducted over 14 days with the cap being hand plunged three times per day with an occasional rack and return.  The wine is matured with minimal racking until being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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Appearance:  Black almost to the rim with just a touch of crimson-red to separate the core.

Aroma:  Fragrant ripe fruits of blackcurrant, black cherry, dark plum and a hint of raspberry.  Very complex on the nose adding liquorice, dark chocolate, mixed spices and black pepper. There is a presence of earthy notes, eucalypt, dried herbs and violets.

Palate:  Full bodied, firm, rich, savoury palate of black fruits, liquorice and bitter chocolate.  There is a mineral texture running through with good balanced acidity and a long finish of fine grain tannins.

Region:  100% Barossa Valley

Sub Region:  100% Moppa Hill Shiraz

Bottled:  Unfined and unfiltered on 17th of January 2018

Production:  83 dozen

pH:  3.54

Total Acid:  6.42 g/L

Alcohol:  14.5%

Maturation:  21 months in 18% new and 82% seasoned French oak hogsheads

Cellar Potential:  20 years with careful cellaring

Winemaker:  Shawn Kalleske

Last Tasted:  26/10/20

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