2018 The Descendant of Squid Ink Shiraz – New Release
To compliment our superb Squid Ink range this wine is produced solely from fruit from our Squid Ink vineyard but made in the older style.
‘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.
A dry start to winter was later saved with a wet and cold late winter that was much needed. Above average temperatures in October and very little rain accelerated development of the bunches. With high temperatures in January, development slowed and in turn slowed the ripening to a very much preferred steady rate. Despite crop volume being lower than average, desirable small berries ensured good concentration of colour and flavour that is now expressed in the finished wines that are shaping up to be of outstanding quality!
Drink now or cellar for 7+ years.