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Moppa Hill Shiraz 2013

Hand Picked | Basket Pressed | Single Vineyard

In 1893, the Moppa district witnessed a mini gold rush, which saw many mine shafts dug into Moppa Hill.  A reported 530 ounces of gold was mined from the area.
Moppa Hill is one of laughing Jack’s most prized vineyard sites and is already well known for its Old Vine Grenache and Moppa Block Shiraz (Block 4).  The 2013 Moppa Hill Shiraz is the second release and is sourced from a single vineyard known as Block 6 on the eastern slope of the Moppa Hill property.  It is a very low yielding vineyard and produces wine with distinctive aromas and complexity.
This 6 acre vineyard is managed using sustainable viticulture methods and a great emphasis is placed on natural biodiversity within the vineyard.  The grapes were handpicked, 100% de-stemmed and 100% berries crushed into small open top fermenters.  Fermentation was conducted over 14 days with the cap being hand plunged twice a day with a rack and return.

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Appearance:  Impenetrable dark core with a crimson rim.

Aroma:  Spice and black pepper dominate the nose with distinctive to the vineyard aromas of elderberry, plum and mulberry fruit.  The new American oak component has imparted a touch of toasty characters to add to the bouquet.

Palate:  The richness of the palate is reminisce of old fashioned Christmas pudding with its dark fruits and spice. The brooding black fruits roll into the velvety palate which is dense and concentrated but retaining a freshness backed up by natural acidity.

Region:  100% Barossa Valley

Sub Region:  100% Moppa Hill

Bottled:  Unfined & unfiltered on 05/09/2014

Production:  320 dozen

pH:  3.54

Total Acid:  6.41 g/L

Alcohol:  14.5%

Cellar Potential:  10 to 15 years with careful cellaring.

Maturation:  17 months in 60% seasoned French oak hogsheads, 20% seasoned French oak puncheon and 20% new American oak hogsheads.

Winemaker:  Shawn Kalleske

Last tasted:  26/10/15


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