The Beast Shiraz

2015 vintage

2020 Cellar Release

Like the fabled character, the Beast is big and bold, yet has a beautiful soft side…
Selected from a single block high on the hill, where the soils are shallow and the sunlight is even, you can expect the Beast to exhibit great concentration of flavour and richness, with soft grippy tannins.

(Due to volume scarcity, a 6 bottle limit applies)

$120.00

Tally Room & Clos Otto Club
Members Only

Accolades

James Halliday Wine Companion – 96 points
James Suckling – 95 points
The Wine Advocate – 95 points

Vineyard

D-Block: Shallow red clay loam overlying shattered limestone | North-south oriented rows | Elevated eastern aspect | Long even sunlight
Upshot: Rich ripe fruit | Supple tannins | Intense aromatic and flavour profile

Vintage

Pre-vintage
Rainfall: Wet winter | Very dry spring and early summer
Temperature: Cool early summer conditions
Upshot: Early budburst and flowering | No disease pressure | Earlier expected harvest dates

Vintage
Rainfall: Mid-January rain event | Dry otherwise
Temperature: Warm days and cool nights
Upshot: Fast late ripening conditions | High natural acid | Rich flavours and vibrant fruit

Winemaking

Fermentation: De-stemmed | Left on skins for 8-10 days | Slow ferment at 15-18°C | Open pump-overs and hand plunging | Basket pressed
Oak: French – 60% new, 40% old | Natural malolactic fermentation | 22 months maturation
Technical Analysis: Alcohol – 15.5% | pH – 3.55 | Acid – 6.9g/L | RS – <1.0g/L

Noteworthy Dates
Harvested: 25th February – 1st March 2015 | Bottled: January 2016 | Re-released: September 2020

Profile

Sensorial
Profile: Blackberry | Satsuma Plum | Liquorice | Five spice
Texture: Prominent up-front tannins | Fresh and youthful | Powerful | Robust

Animal/Vehicle/Musical
Animal – East-African Lion
Vehicle – Chevrolet Camaro
Musical – Tenor Tuba