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Moppa Hill Shiraz 2016

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

The 2016 Moppa Hill Block 6 Shiraz is sourced from a 6 acre single vineyard on the eastern slope of the Moppa Hill.  It has an altitude of 365m and is planted on sandy soil over old oxidized friable orange clay.  Naturally a very low yielding vineyard and produces wine with distinctive aromas and complexity.

The fruit was picked in two stages – first pick on 23rd of February and second pick on 27th of February.  95% de-stemmed and whole berry into small open top fermenters with 5% whole bunch.  Two types of fermentation practices used, first pick ferment was pumped over twice per day and 2nd pick ferment hand plunged three times per day with both receiving an occasional rack and return.  After 14 days on skins the wine was drained to barrel and matured with minimal racking until being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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Appearance:  Dark red core with vibrant crimson-red rim.

Aroma:  Perfumed fruits of mulberry and blackberry along with aromatic spice and dried lavender flowers.  A touch of classic elderberry fruit and green peppercorn are present and accompanied with more than usual dark liquorice.

Palate:  Vibrant full bodied palate, not over ripe or heavy. There is freshness to the powerful side and flowing with black fruits and spice.  The cooler east facing site delivers good acidity and fine grain tannins.

Region:  100% Barossa Valley

Sub Region:  100% Moppa Hill

Bottled:  Unfined & unfiltered on 20th November 2017

Production:  502 dozen

pH:  3.46

Total Acid:  6.86 g/L

Alcohol:  14.5%

Maturation:  20 months in 80% French oak hogsheads (15% new) and 20% seasoned American oak hogsheads.

Cellar Potential:  15 years with careful cellaring.

Winemaker:  Shawn Kalleske

Last tasted:  5/08/18


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