Deeply coloured and possessing lifted aromas of ripe blood plum, black cherries, blackberries, black pepper, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and cloves. The wine fills the mouth with rich ripe plum, blackberries and sweet spices of pepper. Abundant fine and ripe tannins coat the mouth, conferring an attractive shape and impressive length to the fleshy, full-bodied palate.
The fruit for our 2020 Elgo Estate Shiraz was sourced from our Elgo Upton Hill Vineyard. This wine was hand plunged in open fermenters and displays ripe fruit characters with typical cool climate spices of pepper and cloves. When harvested, the fruit was merely de-stemmed before being transferred to open-topped fermenters and chilled down to 8 – 10ºC for three days to cold soak and coax out the delicate fruit flavours. The fermenters were then warmed up to around 16 – 18 ºC through a process of “drain and return” and permitted to commence fermentation. For the next ten days, the fermenters were gently pumped over up to three times daily. Careful assessment was made each day for tannin development and overall harmony. The wine was drained off under gravity and the skins pressed off. A couple of days after pressing the wine was racked off gross lees and into a selection of French Oak barrels. The wine remained in barrel for 12 months before bottling.
Our 2020 Elgo Estate Reserve Shiraz can be enjoyed now to revel in the almost luscious black fruit and profusion of tannins, and would shine being served with venison, jugged hare or beef Burguignon. Medium to long term cellaring potential.