2008 Terra Barossa Shiraz
Deep red colour. The wine is deep and rich smelling with dark fruits, plums and spice with some good oak. There is very rich fruit on the palate with plums, blackberry and sweet spice from the oak. The palate is vibrant and young with a flavoursome viscous mouthfeel which will develop complexity with time. There are some slightly chewy tannins which will soften with time and there is great length of fruit flavour.
The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22-25 degrees Celcius range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is then put into predominantly American oak to mature.
12 months in American oak.
2008 was a very warm year with harvest being completed in a very short period. The resultant wines from the vintage reflect the growing conditions with loads of upfront fruit and rich mouthfeel, meaning wines from this vintage will have a great deal of aging potential as well.
Trophy - Best Australian Red of Show at 2010 Korean Wine Challenge
Gold at 2010 NZ Liquorland International Wine Show
Gold at 2009 Barossa Wine Show
Gold at 2009 Mundus Vini (Germany)
Gold at 2009 National Wine Show Australia
Silver at 2010 London International Wine Challenge
Silver at 2010 London International Wine Competition
Silver at 2009 Adelaide Wine Show
Silver at 2009 Perth Wine Show
Silver at 2009 Royal Hobart Wine Show
Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, Issue 186, December 2009
James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au, November 2009
93 Points; Dense purple-crimson sets the scene for a densely packed bouquet and medium- to full-bodied palate. Strong plum and blackberry fruit flavours drive the wine, which avoids dead fruit characters and carries its alcohol very well. Screwcap.
Winestate Sept/Oct 2009
Top 40 Best Buy under $20
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