XO Wine Co McLaren Vale Shiraz 2019 (RRP $32 WM $27.90)

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Deep vibrant red with good intensity and a mild magenta hue

Intensely vibrant nose of blackcurrant, plums, dark cherries all interlaced with lifted oak spice, hints of black pepper and five spice.

Rich fruit driven palate showing entwined dark fruits, plums and rich savoury lift. Well balanced acidity with a seamless velvety tannin structure and mild savoury finish completed with drive and length of fruit and complexing oak spice.

Wine Analysis   Alcohol: 14.8% pH: 3.42 TA: 6.2

The Shiraz was hand picked mid morning from a small block near the Onkaparinga Gorge in McLaren Vale from 80 year old vines and clonal material is unknown.

10% whole bunches were added to open fermenters with the balance of fruit destemmed only to cover the whole bunches. cold soaked for 2 x days before being left on skins for a total of 14 days. The ferments were plunged twice daily for the entire time on skins. The wine was pressed directly to 33% new French Oak, and the balanced in seasoned French oak and was left on full yeast lees to build complexity and mouthfeel. Racked from barrel, and clarified before been bottled.

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