2013 Shotfire Shiraz
On release the wine is deep red with purple hues. The wine has a lifted nose of clean blackberry fruit and dried plums accompanied by dark chocolate. The palate displays sweet fruit characters dominated by ripe plums and dark chocolate. The wine is full bodied with obvious fine tannin structure and oak maturation adding texture and complexity to the wine. The wine has long persistence.
The grapes were destemmed into fermenters. Ferments were pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22-25 degree celcius range which allows maximum fruit expression in the wine. Pressing occurs approximately seven days after fermentation commences and the wine is then filled to American oak to mature (14 months in 40% new American hogsheads with the balance going into 2nd and 3rd fill barrels).
Spring rainfall was well below average with several days reaching 30°C. The growing season had even temperatures and little rainfall. Ripening was slow and steady leading to the development of good tannin structure and fruit characters
Silver at 2015 International Wine and Spirit Competition
Silver at 2015 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION
Bronze at 2015 New World Wine Awards
Commended at 2015 International Wine Challenge
JAMES HALLIDAY, WINE COMPANION 2016
95 Points - 'It’s good. It champs at the bit to show off its sweet, jubey fruit but via chains of herb-shot tannin a sense of control is maintained. There’s pretty much no doubting this is a beautiful red wine to drink. For now, or for later. It sits on the cusp of jasminess, all jellied and blackberried, with hints of raspberry and mint simply ramping the deliciousness higher. Value, what value.'
WINESTATE SHIRAZ, SYRAH & BLENDS, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015 EDITION
St Kitts, Milton Park, Kabininge
14.5 % v/v