Brave Souls Whaler Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018Regular price $137.94
Sourced from two different regions within the Barossa, this wine is a blend of Barossa Valley 30% and Eden Valley 70%. The Barossa Valley Shiraz vineyards are a collection of three sites from the three sub-regions of Seppeltsfield, Moppa and Light Pass. Grapes from the Eden Valley vineyards are sourced from two cooler sites in Cranford and Central Eden Valley. A combination of good rainfall in the lead up to the ripening period, together with favourable warm and dry conditions from veraison to harvest lead to outstanding quality Shiraz from the Barossa. The Eden Valley fruit provides elegance and finesse and hallmark blue berry fruit and dried herb aromas, while the Barossa Valley fruit is blended to build structure and density on the palate.
Hand harvested the fruit was fully destemmed, apart from a small percentage of whole bunch inclusion, and chilled within the fermenter to ensure an extended fermentation period. A variety of fermentation techniques were utilized across a number of small fermenters ranging in size from 1t to 3t. All involved extended skin contact ranging from 12 to 20 days with gentle extraction of tannins from a combination of pump overs and manual plunging. After the initial cooling period some ferments were left to ferment dry naturally while others were inoculated with cultured yeast. Upon completion the ferments were pressed to a mix of new and seasoned oak hogsheads, for malolactic fermentation and maturation. Matured in barrel with minimal intervention for 14 months prior to bottling. The diversity of fermentation techniques, together with the vineyard selection, assist in building complexity and layers of flavour within the blended wine.
Region: Barrosa Valley
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