We aim for an expressive, regionally disctinctive wine with fresh black plum cherry and hints of Blackforest cake, which reflect the land that produces this wine. Early morning harvesting ensures prime fruit ripeness.
2016 was a "textbook" vintage. Set during flowering was exceptional. A short heat wave in January occured prior to veraison, which had no effect on our fruit. The following four weeks were dry, mild, and sunny weather and from late February, Mother Nature provided just what the vines needed, and the resultant fruit was top notch.
This wine comes from our mate's vineyards located in the heart of McLaren Vale, reknowned as home to Australia's 'middle palate'. The vines are tended gently, producing perfectly ripe, healthy grapes with low·yields, and harvested at precisely the right time to best represent a "sense of place."
Whole bunches, hand-selected and picked in the cool of the early morning, the fruit was then crushed and went through traditional open fermentation with 14-21 days extended skin contact. Pumped over three times daily, to keep the cap moist and extract the flavours and colour.
The ferments were racked into 50% new and seasoned French oak hogsheads and underwent malolactic fermentation. Racked off lees, then aged in the same oak for 8 months.
Bottled directly thereafter without fining and with minimal filtration to capture the purity of taste and texture of our Shiraz.
MARLEY FARM 2016 SHIRAZ
Aroma of plum, dark chocolate and liquorice allsorts. A lush, mouthfilling palate with flavours of plum and spice over blackberry and milk chocolate. Fine-grained tannins in perfect balance with a long aftertaste of spice, violet infusions and chocolate mudcake.
We hope these agricultural endeavours are enjoyable upon purchase and for those with patience, short term cellaring will benefit the wine and consumer alike.
Varietal Blend: Shiraz 100%
GI: Mclaren Vale
Alcoholyb Volume: 14.5%
TA: 6.24 g/L
RS: 3.75 g/L