The Beast Shiraz

2017 vintage

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.



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


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 8-10 days | Slow ferment at 18-22°C | Open pump-overs and hand plunging | Basket pressed

Oak: French: 60% new, 40% seasoned | Natural malolactic fermentation | 22 months maturation

Tech. Analysis: Alcohol: 15.0% | pH: 3.55 | Acid: 7.0g/L | RS: <1.0g/L

Noteworthy Dates
Harvested: 8th March–23rd March 2017 | Bottled: January 2019 | Released: October 2019 | Enjoy: Now to 2047


Profile: Forest Berries | Dark Chocolate | Black Olive

Texture: Prominent tannins | Exceptional palate length | Powerful | Robust

Animal: East-African Lion

Vehicle: Chevrolet Camaro

Musical: Tenor Tuba