The grapes for this wine came from the Timbervines Vineyard which is part of the original Lindemans Fordwich Sill plantings of the late 1960’s. This 30 acre block was planted on original Busby vine stock and has been farmed using vertical shoot positioning. It crops at around 1 tonne to the acre which is very low. Picked at around the 13.5 baume mark, the climate of the Hunter provides us with typically savoury flavours, medium bodied tannins, great natural acid and lower alcohol.
Colour- Dark Plum
Nose- Blueberry, Violet, Tobacco Leaf
Palate- Cassis, Olive, Plum
Tasting Notes- Forest berries accentuated with a hint of spice follows through to a rich but elegant wine with a luscious savory palate. The raspberry like acidity adds another level of complexity, and makes for a mouthwatering aftertaste.
This Shiraz was fermented under relatively cool conditions with a structured aeration program, allowing for full fruit expression without over-extraction of tannins. After primary fermentation, it was transferred to 4 & 5 year old French oak hogsheads for a period of eighteen months to allow it to soften and mature. The 2016 vintage was nearly a right off before the rains stopped and our red grapes dried out and made some wonderful examples of old style Hunter River Burgundy Medium bodied with lifted aromatics and softness of tannin typify the reds of this fascinating vintage.
Food Pairing Notes
Slow braised lamb shoulder with baby spinach, peperonata & eggplant caviar