2002 Sandpiper Shiraz

Comments

Upfront, ripe juicy raspberries, cherries and tobacco leaf. Soft round tannins and a delicious lingering finish with hints of oak. A very rewarding wine at this level.

Vinification Notes

Crushed and de-stemmed into closed fermenters. Inoculated 1 day after crushing. Maximum fermentation temperature 32°C. Pumped over twice per day, incorporating oxygen. Pressed using a membrane press. Pressings kept separate from free run and then fined and re-blended back to the free run. Inoculated for malolactic fermentation.

Maturation

French and American oak were used to age the wine for 14 months.

Blend

100% Shiraz

Vintage Notes

The best vintage in the Barossa Valley in more than a decade. A very cool and mild summer provided an extremely long ripening period, resulting in fruit with perfectly balanced acidity and baume.

Harvested

Late March to early April 2002

Cellaring

Drinking well now but will respond to 3-5 years cellaring.

Region : 

Barossa

Bottled : 

May 2002

Total Acidity : 

5.78

Alcohol : 

13.6

Residual Sugar : 

4.3

Tasting Notes