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Moppa Hill Shiraz 2019

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

The 2019 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 ancient iron rich sandy soil over friable orange clay.  Sustainable vineyard practices are used with a real care for the soil and surrounding natural environment.  Naturally a very low yielding vineyard and produces wine with distinctive aromas and complexity.

The fruit was picked on 22nd of February and a total of 2.8 tonnes picked.   100% de-stemmed and whole berry into small open top fermenters.  Traditional fermentation practices used with hand plunged three times per day and receiving an occasional rack and return.  After 18 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:  Crimson-purple rim, glossy black core.

Aroma: Perfumed blackberry, plum, mulberry fruit and abundant spice, characteristic of the vineyard.  This site assures a true sense of place with its purity of fruit, peppercorn spice and dried lavender.  There is a subtle suggestion of geological input from the site adding complexity with a hint of ferrous.

Palate:  Concentrated and intense flavours from an ultra-low yielding vintage at 466kg to the acre.  Ripe plum and blackberry fruit is nicely tensioned with a delicious flow of mineral acidity.  The framework of this wine’ structure is derived from solid fruit tannin coupled with good oak tannin, a long life in the cellar is guaranteed.  Unlike the 2018 vintage that had immense drinkability now the 2019 will benefit with few more years in the cellar.

Region:  100% Barossa Valley

Sub Region:  100% Moppa Hill

Bottled:  Unfined & unfiltered on 16/12/2020

Production:  254 dozen

pH:  3.42

Total Acid:  6.3 g/L

Alcohol:  14.5%

Maturation:  20 months in 25% new French, 63% seasoned French, 12% seasoned American oak hogsheads.

Cellar Potential:  15 years with careful cellaring

Winemaker:  Shawn Kalleske

Last tasted:  13/10/22


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