Schubert Estate The Hatchling Shiraz 2015 (RRP $40 WM $34.90)

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Vintage Conditions
Good Winter rains resulted in 20% higher than average rainfall which charged up the soil moisture reserves. Warmer Spring temperatures ensured vines got the healthy start to the growing season they required. Very little rain fell during December and the first few weeks in January. However mid-January we saw 30mm of rain fall at the perfect time to ensure healthy vine and grape ripening. Near perfect growing conditions continued for the rest of the season producing small berries resulting in great colour and varietal flavour.

Vineyard Selection T
The Hatchling Shiraz sourced from several blocks within the Schubert Estate vineyard located in the sub-region of Marananga in the Barossa Valley.

The Shiraz grapes are hand-picked, destemmed and fermented (EC1118 yeast) in 5 tonne open top fermenters with twice daily pump-overs to achieve maximum extraction of colour, flavour and tannin. At the completion of fermentation, the wine is basket pressed with freerun and pressings wine combined and filled to neutral French oak 225L barriques for a maturation period of 18 months before careful barrel selection and blending before bottling. The wine is neither fined, nor filtered. Tasting Evaluation

Garnet, deep core with a brick red rim.

Concentrated notes of black plum, blackberry conserve and Christmas cake, complimented with subtle spicy cedar oak tones and tobacco leaf aromas.

Fruit forward flavours of plums, blueberry, cocoa powder wash across the surfaces of the mouth. Dusty savoury oak derived tannins encompass the dense fruit core. Alcohol warmth extends the olfactory experience.

Now with over 12 months bottle age, this wine is ready to drink now or further cellar for future enjoyment anytime over the next decade.

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