2016 Shiver Down My Spine Shiraz
GRAPEGROWER & WINEMAKER
100% of the fruit is sourced from our vineyards surrounding our Cellar Door, grown using organic practices in the vineyard. Hand picked by our loyal mailing list customers, the Purple Hands crew, the majority of this wine comes from our grafted Shiraz blocks, with the balance coming from the older plantings of Shiraz on our vineyard.
Our Purple Hands crew transferred the fruit by hand or by pitchfork into half-tonne picking bins, then foot stomped the fruit to burst the berries and encourage the natural fermentation to commence. 20% of this wine was fermented as whole bunch in this way, with the balance fermented on skins for 10 days in old concrete fermenters. Basket pressed to a 3,000L French oak foudre for 16 months, then bottled with no fining and no filtration.
To see more of the process, click on the YouTube link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTiJYyqiv7g
This is the third release of this wine, dedicated to our loyal mailing list customers who helped pick and make this wine. Bursting with blackcurrant and blueberries, this wine shows the typical characters found in the Western side of the Barossa- chocolate/mocha and black pepper, but with a surprising freshness to the wine. Frankincense and blackberries jump out of the glass, along with a slight leafiness, which comes from the whole bunch component in the wine. Soft and juicy on the palate, but with a backbone of tannin from the whole bunches that draws the wine across the palate giving it length and precision.
Alc: 14.0% pH: 3.63 T.A.: 7.10 g/l
Ready to drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.
94 points by James Halliday- May 2018
93 points on jamessuckling.com- July 2018 “Some really nice herb action to this shiraz. It also sports aromas of blueberry skin, slate, nutmeg, jasmine and pressed violets. Medium-bodied with some lovely blue fruit, firm tannins and a fresh, zesty finish.”