2018 Third Reef Shiraz

$35

AWARDS

95 points James Halliday Wine Companion

COLOUR

Deep crimson with a purple hue

NOSE

Elegant perfumed bouquet of bramble fruits and savoury spice.

PALATE

The palate displays considerable fruit concentration of plum and dark berries. The fine ripe tannins are very well integrated with fruity and savoury characters providing a velvety texture on the palate.

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Description

WINEMAKING

The fruit was machine picked then destemmed/crushed int0 small open fermenters and inoculated. The fermenters were pumped over with aeration twice a day, temperature was held around 25°C, then allowed to warm up for a long post ferment maceration. The wine was then transferred in barrel for  malolactic fermentation, allowing a soft integration of the grape and oak tannins. After 15 months maturation the wine was fined then bottled

FOOD PAIRING

Go for rare, gamey red meats such as slow cooked venison or quail to balance with the opulent, mouth-filling tannins

VINTAGE NOTES

Starting the season, good rain events produced strong growth, canopies and budburst flowing to excellent yields and creating one of the best vintages in a decade. Progressing to a long cool summer providing the slow steady ripening of fruit that gives us the intense flavour and acidity that we hope and dream for every vintage. All areas of the Great Southern were gifted this incredible season and all the Rockcliffe vineyards looking superb

QUICK NOTES

VINTAGE
2018

WINEMAKER
Elysia Harrison

GRAPE VARIETY
Shiraz

GROWING AREA
Great Southern

ALC %/VOL
14.9

TITIRATABLE ACIDITY
6.9 g/L

pH
3.59

CELLAR POTENTIAL
8-10 years

OAK
100% French Oak, 30% new, 20% 1yr old, 20% 2yr old, 30% >2yrs old

MATURATION
15 months