2011 Sandpiper Shiraz

Comments

Lighter in style than usual, the wine offers aromas of sweet berry fruits, plums, pepper and spice. There is rich fruit on the palate displaying plums, blackberry and sweet spice from the subtle oak. Nice soft tannins are accompanied by great length of fruit flavour.

Vinification Notes

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 ferment temperatures remain in the 22-25 degree 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 predominately American oak to mature.

Maturation

12 months in American oak.

Vintage Notes

This vintage had a cool, slow ripening period which has in turn produced elegant red wines.

Harvested

March 2011

Gold at 2013 China Wine and Spirits Awards

Gold at 2013 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show

Gold at 2012 Melbourne Wine Show

Silver at the 2015 Hong Kong International Wine Challenge

Silver at 2013 International Wine and Spirit Challenge

Silver at 2013 International Wine Challenge

Bronze at 2013 Adelaide Wine Show

Bronze at 2013 New World Wine Awards

Bronze at 2013 Queensland Wine Show

Bronze at 2013 Shanghai International Wine Challenge

Bronze at 2012 Adelaide Wine Show

Bronze at 2012 Hobart Wine Show

Bronze at 2012 National Wine Show

"You've Got to pay it to the piper", Jon Helmer, Surf Coast Times 2/4/2013

"Believe it or not, but this 'Piper' was pipped at the post by only half a point by the winner of last year's Jimmy Watson Trophy (the Bests 2011 Bin 1 Shiraz - $25, a wine that went on to sell out extremely quickly as per usual with Jimmy Watson winners of yore)."

Region : 

Barossa

Bottled : 

March 2012

Alcohol : 

14.5%

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