Deep red with purple hues, a lifted nose of red berries, blueberries, liquorice, nutmeg and a touch of freshly cracked black pepper. On the palate red berries carry through with crunchy, refreshing acidity. Firm tannins build structure while adding length to the bright and juicy palate. Exhibits exceptional balance with a smooth, velvety mouthfeel.
The fruit for the Hedonist Shiraz is predominately estate grown on our organic/biodynamic certified vineyard situated in the Willunga foothills, McLaren Vale. Fruit is also sourced from the Sellicks Foothills, Blewitt Springs and Kangarilla, all from vastly different soil profiles and aspects across the district.
Harvested in stages, commencing on 23rd February. The blend comprises of several batches harvested over a period of approximately 4 weeks. The grapes were harvested with a selectiv harvester with an on-board destemmer and sorter, bypassing the crusher, straight from the vineyard into 10 tonne open-top fermenters to maintain some whole berry fermentation. An additional portion of the fruit was hand-picked and fermented whole bunch, which spent longer on skins. Malolactic fermentation took place in large (4,500L) and small(300L) format oak from carefully selected French coopers. Matured in oak for 15 months before final blending and bottling. No fining.
Full bodied wine, enjoy with smoky or barbecued meat, pairs especially well with burgers or a char-grilled steak. Also terrific with more robust, slow-braised dishes or stews.