The Beast Shiraz
MEMBERS CELLAR RELEASE 2019
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.
97 points - James Halliday Wine Companion
2009 – Average winter conditions and a problem free spring saw a return to late September bud-burst. After above average rainfall in December and a short-lived heat wave in early February, we had some of the best late season growing conditions seen in the last decade. This resulted in harvest dates 2 - 3 weeks later than the previous 2 years and wines of astonishing quality.
The fruit was crushed, destemmed and left on skins to ferment for 8 days, before the wine was basket pressed into French barrels (80% new and 20% old) where it underwent natural malolactic fermentation. It was then racked off lees and returned to oak for 22 months. No fining or filtration were used in the production of this wine. – Winemaker, Andrew Quin
The dominant aromatic of dark forest berries combines with complex aromas of liquorice, mixed spice, nutmeg and vanillin. The front and sides of the palate are lined with ripe grippy tannins that lead to a mid-palate filled with flavours of dark fruits, cigar box, cedar and chocolate. Persistent tannins fill the back palate and combine with perfectly balanced fruit and oak layers providing incredible length.