2010 Milton Park Shiraz
The colour is a deep inky purple. The nose is lifted berry fruits, with hints of dark chocolate and spice. The palate is medium bodied with intense plummy fruit. This plummy fruit fills the whole palate and combined with the soft and approachable tannins creates a very mouthfilling wine. The length of flavour is long with plum and liquorice fruit and spicy oak.
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 Celsius range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing. A small amount of American oak is used to increase complexity. The wine is bottled young to retain the intense upfront fruit characters.
The 2010 vintage followed good winter rainfall in 2009 and allowed the vineyards to commence the 2010 season with good soil moisture levels. This soil moisture, combined with moderate weather conditions throughout most of the growing season allowed for good fruit set and canopy development. In summary an excellent vintage, with very little extreme weather resulting in fantastic colour and flavour in red varietals, and excellent acid and flavour profiles for whites.
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, June 2012
87 Points - The 2010 Milton Park Shiraz (aged 12 months in American oak) exhibits hints of coconut, clackberry and vanilla followed by a velvety texture and oodles of dark black currant and blackberry fruit as well as hints of pepper and smoke. Drink it over the next 2 - 3 years.
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