2018 BC4 Shiraz Six Pack
BC4 is code for a heritage Shiraz clone that we have on our Timbervines Vineyard. Our BC4 block is number 4 of 8
blocks of different Heritage Shiraz clones all located within our Fordwich Sill vineyards and planted to red volcanic soils.
The intensity of fruit from BC4 has always stood out from other blocks and vineyards so in 2018 we bottled the block
individually to capture this vibrancy of fruit. It is a tiny block and makes a very limited volume of wine available only to
our members and at our Cellar Door.
The 2018 vintage had perfect ripening conditions; dry, warm days paired with cooler nights resulting in beautifully ripe and healthy fruit which we picked in mid-February.
Whilst looking for diversity in shiraz within our vineyards, 9 years ago Andrew asked some his mates who owned Heritage Vineyards in Pokolbin for some buds to graft over a 30-hectare block of 50 year old Shiraz vines. We grafted 6 different clones of Shiraz onto the 50yr old rootstocks, and 9 years later we now have six different clones producing some very interesting results.
We use ‘partial carbonic maceration’ which is a fermentation technique made famous from the Beaujolais region in France. It results in a complex, bright and fruit forward red wine with soft, velvety tannins. The wine was placed in a mixture of 3 and 5-year-old French oak barriques (225 litres) and puncheons (500 litres) for six months before bottling early to be enjoyed as a fresh, fruit driven style.
Bright purple in colour with lifted aromas of blueberries, blackberries, and violets. The palate has loads of vibrant blue and black fruits, a touch of liquorice and juicy mulberries. The tannins are soft and silky, and the finish is refreshing.
Titratable Acidity 6.9g/L
Residual Sugar <1g/L