Clos Otto Shiraz
Opulence, complexity and balance all come to mind when thinking about the Clos Otto Shiraz...
With vines planted by previous owner Otto Kasper using a cutting from an ageing and secret Shiraz clone, and tended to with almost antique machinery and a well-practiced hand, the Clos Otto vineyard consistently yields super low quantities with ultra rich flavours.
Clos Otto Shiraz Tasting Notes
The Clos Otto fruit is sourced from a small, Eastern-facing block within the estate. The combination of the microclimate (missing only the late afternoon sun) and the soil (red clay loam with underlying red plastic clay) found on this block provides the perfect conditions for premium Shiraz production.
Rainfall: Very wet Winter | Consistent Spring rainfall
Temperature: Cool to warm Spring to early Summer
Upshot: Balanced vines | Slow development | Late flowering and fruit set | Later expected harvest dates
Rainfall: Rain event in early February | Dry thereafter
Temperature: Mild Summer temperatures
Upshot: Delayed harvest | Outstanding flavour development | High natural acidity | Wines of poise and balance
Fermentation: De-stemmed | Left on skins for 8-12 days | Slow ferment at 15-18°C | Open pump-overs and hand plunging | Basket pressed
Oak: French – 65% new, 35% 2nd use | Natural malolactic fermentation | 22 months maturation
Tech. Analysis: Alcohol: 14.8% | pH: 3.56 | Acid: 7g/L | RS: <1.0g/L
Harvested: 9th March – 20th March 2017 | Bottled: January 2019 | Released: Feb 2020
Profile: Red Scented Fruits | Orange peel | Jasmine Flower | Violets | Nutmeg | Vanilla bean
Texture: Fine-grained tannins | Balanced acidity | Exceptional palate length | Powerful | Elegant
Animal: Wedge-Tailed Eagle
Vehicle: Ferrari Roma
Musical: Grand Piano