Smidge Wines Magic Dirt Eden Valley Shiraz - Menglers Hill 2015 (RRP $120 WM $118.90) 96 Points James Halliday

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Colour – black core with red rim.

Nose – the aromas are fresh, lifted and inviting with cherries, earth, spice, lavender and subtle eucalypt, fine cedar and cream.

Palate – The palate is restrained and then unfolds with juicy cherries and spice that build to the mid palate and carry through giving great length, balanced with laser like acid and fine tannins.

Cellaring This wine will drink well 2020 – 2037.

Viticulture This block on Mengler’s Hill is approximately 4.5 kilometres to the south of Angaston in one of the highest vineyards in Eden Valley at 500m above sea level. The location benefits from clay loam soils riddled with ironstone and small amounts of quartz. A higher altitude and corresponding cooler climate offer warm days and cold nights resulting in wines of elegance that are both vibrant and spicy.

Vinification & Maturation Fermented in a small open top vessel, fermentation lasted 7 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 2015
Bottled    February 2017
Alcohol    14.2%

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