2014 Estate Shiraz

2014 Estate Shiraz

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Seville Estate 2014 Shiraz                                                                           

Winemakers Comments:  

The 2014 season produced great ‘little’ wines, ‘little’ because there wasn’t much of it. Poor conditions during spring flowering meant crops were dramatically reduced in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir by up to 60%, later ripening varieties; Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet fared better losing only 10-20%. 

 The Season started with good rainfall and mild weather during winter. This prompted an early budburst followed by great growth across the vineyard; setting us up for another early harvest. Things stalled during spring with below average temperatures and above average rainfall during September through to December. These conditions brought heavy rainfall and high wind periods during the critical stages of flowering reducing berries per bunch. What was left were great little bunches at approximately 60-80 grams (normally 120-150grams) in Chardonnay and Pinot noir. Small bunch weights, mild weather and low crops meant the quality still had great potential. January and February were both hot and dry allowing to complete efficiently and rapidly ripen the fruit. Once again an early harvest with the first pick of Chardonnay on the 18th February and last block of Cabernet picked on the 8th April. Quality across the all variety is exceptional producing good concentration while been elegant, balanced and perfumed

 Vinification:                         

Fruit was handpicked (with bunch selection done in the vineyard) de-stemmed into an open bin which are then tipped into a 3 ton open fermenter vats (avoiding the use of pumping). 20% whole bunches were also added and then chilled for a pre-ferment cold soak for 4 days.  Fermentation started naturally with hand plunging daily and completed in 7days. The wine was then pressed off skins and inoculated for MLF, then run directly to barrel (500L, 300L and a 225L used). Around 30% new french oak was used to mature the wine for 12 months. The wine was then carefully racked and bottled without fining or filtration.

Tasting Notes:                     

Bright brick red in colour with a pale hue. Aromas are complex; spice and black pepper, earthy with dark cherry fruits dominate the nose. The palate is structured with red berry fruits, black pepper and a savoury edge. The whole bunches add harmony and elegance to the wine with fragrance and savouriness while also balancing the fruit sweetness and tannins. The finish is long and elegant with velvety tannins and good acidity. Drink 2015 - 2022

 Technical Data:                 

  Alcohol:13.5%           Ph: 3.52            Acidity: 6.8 g/l