The Creation Shiraz
The Creation concept was to highlight a different example of our vineyards diversity each year. The brief? Pick something unique that tells both a story of individual terroir and the vintage that was…
... with a little winemaking flair thrown in for good measure.
The Creation Shiraz Tasting Notes
Fruit for the 2017 Creation is sourced from F1, a block on the western side of Mt Rufus with uninterrupted views over the Adelaide plains, a south facing aspect, minimal topsoil & exposure to the prevailing south westerly winds. This block is the western ridge at its harshest.
The 2016 calendar year leading up to the 2017 vintage produced the wettest winter for 20 years! This rainfall and associated cooler weather conditions resulted in a delightful slow development across the growing season with flowering and subsequent fruit set 2-3 weeks later than recent vintages. Warm and consistent conditions followed with vines balanced and happy heading towards Christmas. A return to cool weather and rainfall continued the trend of slow development with veraison kicking off 4 weeks later than expected. After one last summer drop of 50mm in early February we got the weather we were looking for with dry conditions and good ripening throughout harvest. The vintage conditions have created outstanding flavour development and natural acidity with the resulting wines showing great poise and balance.
Fruit was harvested in the cool of the evening and delivered to the winery where it was de-stemmed into an open top fermenter. Cap management included three pump overs per day and two full drain and returns. After twelve days on skins the wine was basket pressed, settled over night and racked to oak for natural malolactic fermentation. A total of 20 months in new (60%) and seasoned French oak.
A wine for the Barossa traditionalist!! A dense expression of dark, rich fruits is complemented with hints of tropical notes & boot leather throughout the aromatics of this wine. The presence of glycerol provides a smooth textural balance in contrast to the bold tannins & intense flavour profile, creating a complete palate that takes no prisoners. New oak is dispersed into the background, consumed by the immense palate weight.