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2019 The Album Shiraz
5 Stars – Wine Orbit (Sam Kim) 97 points!
A single vineyard, old vine Shiraz this fruit demanded attention from day one. It demonstrated the epitome of McLaren Vale and with that we had to be respectful.
Picked in the cool of the night the fruit was chilled to 12 degrees to begin a slow extraction of the intense colour the berries displayed. Flavour was abundant, but we wanted to capture the intensity of colour to resonate that flavour without over extracting tannins. Objective achieved.
After a 10-day primary fermentation the larger format 500L Puncheons and 300L Hogsheads allowed for a great combination of oak uptake by the wine during an 18-month maturation. The fruit held it itself beautifully and the executions was deliberate and divine.
An abundance of primary fruit wraps up the classic spices and subtle complexities that are continuing to develop from the use of both new French and new American, fine grain, Medium toast oak. Depth of flavour is World class and the length of flavour is distinguished and addictive.
If you’re not already, get excited about the 2019’s!
2020 The Descendant of Squid Ink Shiraz
Gold Medal (94pts) – Wine Showcase Magazine 2021
‘The Descendant of Squid Ink’ is essentially the younger sibling of the ‘Squid Ink’ range. It represents a style that is more about expression of fruit with a minimal influence of oak and is a wine to be enjoyed in a more youthful state. This fruit driven style has becoming more popular in recent years from all growing districts around Australia.
This Estate owned single vineyard really is the epitome of what defines one of the greatest vineyards in Australia, where the famous Black Bay of Biscay Clay soil ensures fantastic depth of colour and concentration. Positioned at about 120m above sea level and 8kms inland this North/ South facing vineyard is in the heart of McLaren Vale. We pride ourselves in sustainable viticulture practices and having true respect for the value of our vineyards and the fruit they create. Monitoring and measuring the vines is a crucial part of maintaining fruit quality of this level with a key focus being on the soil health and how this impacts the vine, the fruit and in turn the wine and the experience. The fruit for this wine is picked a little earlier to ensure a slightly lower alcohol level.
In the winery The Descendant of Squid Ink Shiraz fruit is treated with utmost respect, ensuring quality from start to finish. With a 2 day cold soak prior to a slow cool fermentation for gentle extraction colour, flavour and tannin extraction are closely monitored with different fermentation cap management applied accordingly. Following fermentation, the wine is then matured in a special selection of the finest 4 year old seasoned American oak Hogshead (300L) oak barrels for 9 months.
Wine Details & Tasting Notes
9 Months in well-seasoned 4 year old American Oak,
Hogshead (300L) oak barrels.
McLaren Vale 100%
Deep red with vibrant purple hues.
Deep dark fruits with some black olive, earthy complexity entice the senses followed by complementing dusty oak characters.
Fresh vibrant fruit coats the mouth, complimenting the gentle, soft furry tannins and spice that line the mouth and leave a lasting impression.
Drink now or cellar for 7+ years.