Smidge Wines Magic Dirt Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013 - Stonewell (RRP $120 WM $118.90) 95 Points James Halliday

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Colour – black core with magenta rim.

Nose – vibrant and perfumed with red and purple fruits, wet stone and earth with subtle lavender and pepper

Palate – the early palate is quite restrained then builds with plums and spice and then remains juicy throughout, balanced with fresh acid and fine focussed tannins

Cellaring The 2013 Stonewell, although restrained in its youth, is balanced with plenty of stuffing and will continue to benefit from a few years in the cellar and can be enjoyed to 2030 if cellared well.

Viticulture The most southern of the Barossa Valley Magic Dirt blocks, this vineyard is midway down a westerly sloping hill. The rows run north-south and the vines grow in well drained red clay / loam soils that contain large amounts of ironstone with smaller amounts of slate and quartz.

Vinification & Maturation Fermented in a small open top vessel, fermentation lasted 8 days with total time on skins was 14 days before being drained and pressed. The free run and pressings were blended and then the component earmarked for this wine was matured in 3 year old french barrique for 23 months. The wine was then fined lightly and bottled without filtration. Matured in bottle for 17 months before release.

Harvested    March 2013
Bottled    February 2015
Alcohol    14.5%

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