2018 Shiraz (under-cork)

$90.00 non member price

95 Points – 2021 Halliday Wine Companion

bottle (s)
  • Colour

    Dark purple hues

  • Nose

    Lifted dark cherry, black brambly fruits and subtle oak spice

  • Palate

    Concentrated dark berries packed around spicy oak, balanced by a fine line of acidity and silky tannins

  • Source

    Bimbadgen McDonalds Road and Palmers Lane Vineyards

  • Vinification

    Fruit crushed into stainless steel fermenter and inoculated with a neutral yeast strain. Regular pump overs for colour and tannin extraction throughout fermentation before being pressed into French oak barriques.

  • Blending

    Select barrels of McDonalds Road and Palmers Lane Shiraz

  • Aging

    16 months in new and old French Barriques

  • Bottling

    5th July, 2019; 3866 bottles produced

VarietalAlcoholCellaring PotentialHarvest DateOakpHTA
Shiraz14.4%10+ years23rd-28th January, 2018New & Old French3.556.3g/L

2018 was the second consecutive classic vintage in the Hunter Valley, one we believe that will be recalled fondly in years ahead. A vintage typified by warm to hot and dry conditions, most white varieties were harvested by January prior to some record heat days in February. With little threat of rainfall, our Shiraz, Semillon and Chardonnay were harvested with the intent of expressing vineyard rather than vintage characteristics, resulting in energetic reds with a vitality that will last for a decades.

2021 Halliday Wine Companion Review

Fruit crushed into stainless steel fermenter, neutral yeast. Regular pump overs for colour and tannin extraction. Pressed into French barriques. Maturation in new and old French oak for 16 months. Old vines – from blocks planted in ’68 and ’70 – show how it’s done with powerful, concentrated fruit qualities shining through. Cinnamon, cardamom, acacia, Italian espresso, panforte. Comes together nicely on the palate, but still a little taut.

Jeni Port, Published 01 August 2020