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Case: 6 bottles
Bright purple hues. Lifted aromas of blue fruits and subtle floral spice. Medium bodied with fine ripe tannin and well balanced natural acidity.
Shiraz was picked then de-stemmed into a combination of small open fermenters , maintaining as m any whole berries as possible. In addition, we also filled a small vessel for 100% whole bunch fermentation (<5% of blend). Fermenters were pumped over or plunged by hand twice a day; tem perature was held around 25°C. The wine was then pressed to Burgundian barriques , Hogsheads and larger format oak vessels (less than 15% new)for Malo-lactic fermentation, allowing a soft integration of the grape and oak tannins. The wine was blended, fined with egg whites and bottled after 12 months maturation.
Growing at Forest Hill and East Mount Barker in the Great Southern on gravel and loams over clay. Block 9 is Dry Grown. Row orientation is North East -South West . Mount Barker East Vineyard rows planted East-West.
Dry Grown, Minimal inputs.
Mount Barker, WA
96 Points - Ray Jordan, Best Red Wine of 2018 - 'In the last few years Forest Hill’s Guy Lyons has been taking these wines in a new direction. While the previous wines were very good, they generally were made with longer-term cellaring in mind. Their structure made them quite formidable as youngsters.
The new Forest Hills style is more approachable in its early years, and this remarkable shiraz is a perfect illustration of that. The striking feature immediately is the scented, seductive aromas with their spicy, white pepper characters. These are not indicators of being under- ripe, but rather a very good example of cool-climate shiraz. It’s more medium-bodied and so bright and vibrant. The tannins and understated French oak play pivotal roles in supporting the fruit through to a long, pure finish.'
A delightful cool climate Shiraz. White pepper notes peer through a forest of oak and dance with black fruits.