This is the Second Edition of this style that is a ‘ripasso’ or re-passed style. That means, a double fermented Shiraz from 3 Vineyards in the Mudgee Valley Northern Region fermented and aged together for a year in oak, then re-fermented with fresh fruit the following year to allow for more developed fruit flavour to amalgamate and integrate with NEW fruit flavours. You get a wine with depth and viscosity, richness, earthy, Savoury, floral and fruit driven right out to the nethers of its skin. But all in balance and softness.
The 3 Vineyards were The Beaurepaire, Farmers Daughter and Jo Hollands Vineyard, all fruit allowed to fully develop and ripen under the warm dry sun and infrequent rain.. The Drought of 5 years brought the concentration and power in the berries. The Sun brought a deeper kind of ripeness that had Savoury meeting Earth and Fruit, to a depth that needed 2 ferments and 2 years in Old French and Hungarian Oak to tame the ‘Beast into a Beauty!’
Nose of black berry liqueur confiture and prune, cherry candy, pot pourri, fruit leather, Charcuterie and Gingernut. The palate holds fruit and savoury notes of beetroot, mixed red and black fruits, grilled meat, forest floor, cola, cocoa and spicy oak. The palate is really rich, plump and soft. the acid and ripe tannin are broad-chested here and show that this wine is ready to drink but has years and years to go .. 10 + yrs
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