2015 Ron Thorn Shiraz
Inky, deep red-purple. A rich, dark fruit nose with lifted liquorice and lashings of chocolatey oak. The palate is dense and powerful with mouth filling presence.. Intense dark fruits and cocoa with hints of smoke and spice. The tannins are firm and powerful but integrate well with the ripe fruit and give the palate impressive presence.
Parcels of fruit for this wine were identified by the winemakers. Daily fruit inspection led to the fruit being harvested at optimum flavour ripeness. The fruit was harvested at night and quickly transported to the winery. The fruit was de-stemmed to 6T open fermenters for fermentation. A Shiraz specific yeast was selected to ferment the wine and fermentation was carried out at a maximum of 28°C. The fermenter was manually pumped over twice daily in the first half of fermentation to give the winemakers control of colour, flavour and tannin extraction. Pump over regimes were adjusted toward the end of fermentation to suit the tannin and flavour extraction of the wine. The cap was completely broken up on each pump over. The wine remained in fermenters for 6-8 days (dependent on parcel) before being pressed, inoculated with malolatic bacteria and filled to American oak (100% new barrels). The wine was racked post malolactic fermentation and returned to the same barrels. The wine was topped every month and after six months racked and returned to the same barrels again. Prior to bottling the parcels were emptied from oak and blended. Minimal fining and filtration was carried out prior to bottling.
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 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards
Bronze at 2018 International Wine Challenge
97 Points - Bob Campbell MW
Flagship Shiraz only produced in exceptional years. It's a big, dense red with classic chocolate/mocha, liquorice, vanilla and spicy oak flavours. An impressively layered wine, with real power demonstrated in its very lengthy finish. Good now but with masses of cellaring potential
19.5/20 - Raymond Chan
Full, dark, deep, near impenetrable black-hued garnet-red colour. The nose is very full and voluminous, and packed with ripe, rich fruit aromas of black plums and blackberries harmoniously melded with a layering of spicy new oak with vanilla, cedar and pencilly notes. Nuances of liquorice, spices and black pepper unfold to enrich the aromatics. The aromatics grow with a degree of finesse to exhibit sensationalism. Full-bodied, the palate has rich, intense, succulently sweet and vibrant flavours of ripe dark-red and black plums with blackberries, harmoniously melded with black pepper, liquorice and spices. The fruit intensity is remarkable and the flavours are layered with bold, exotic new oak with vanilla and cedar elements. This has great intensity, richness, depth, detail and dimension, the palate discretely forming a deep and densely concentrated heart with seamless power and drive. The considerable extraction is enveloped by the fruit richness, and the flavours carry with great linearity to a long and sustained finish of plums, spices, game and oak. This is a wonderfully rich and immensely concentrated and powerful, fully ripened Shiraz with flavours of plums, blackberries, spices, liquorice and a layering of exotic new oak, with deep structure. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 10-15+ years.