XO Wine Co McLaren Vale Shiraz Grenache 2018 (RRP $27 WM $20.90)

Vibrant cherry red with violet hue.

Intensely aromatic nose of plum and blackcurrant entwined with red currant and wild strawberry with hints of pepper and savoury oak spice.

Generous palate with purity of fruit, fleshy and mildly complex exhibiting primary fruit upfront and integrated fruit and savoury core. Well balanced acidity and mild savoury tannins bring the wine together that has excellent persistence and weight.

Harvest Date: 27th March and 12th April 2018 Baume: 14.1, 14.8 Botted: February 2018

Wine Analysis Alcohol: 14.8% pH: 3.52 TA: 6.4

The Shiraz was machine picked mid morning from a small block south west of the Willunga township, the clone is BVRC12 and block is managed with a double cordon assisted sprawl. The Grenache was handpicked off 80 year old vines to the west of the Willunga township. And clonal material is unknown.

Destemmed only to open fermenter both parcels were fermented for 10 days on skins, with gentle maceration of two pumpovers per day, then plunged twice per day until the end of ferment. The wine was pressed directly to 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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