Plantagenet Shiraz

Plantagenet Shiraz – a definitive Great Southern style with pepper/ spice/ aniseed aromas, underlying oak and fine lacy tannins – derives principally from the estate’s cool climate vineyards: Bouverie (established 1968) and Wyjup (early 1970s). Both vineyards are planted on gravelly loams over shallow horizons of clay and are subject to extremes in diurnal temperatures. "The Charleston Vineyard component – from a warmer meso-climate – brings “density and generosity”. The wine, with naturally high acidity, is batch vinified in open and closed fermenters at warm temperatures to achieve gentle tannin extraction. It is then matured in around new (40%) and old French oak for a period of 16-18 months: “The oak adding a level of structure and texture rather than adding flavour”."Andrew Caillard MW