The Exception "Madame" Shiraz

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Inky deep red with purple hues. 

Mixed summer berries, spice and cedary oak.

Juicy red fruits layered with hints of black pepper, well integrated oak and fine tannins to finish.

2018 was an outstanding vintage. The year was warm without being too hot, which allowed the vines to ripen the fruit to the degree we desired without any stress, resulting in all aspects of fruit composition being excellent. This wine is a blend of Block 7 and 13 from our Upton Run vineyard, with Block 7 typically producing the most intensely coloured and flavoured wines of all our Shiraz blocks.

The fruit from each block was picked in small parcels, nine days apart, to ensure optimum ripeness and full-spectrum flavour. The grapes were picked using a selective process harvester and left as whole berries rather than crushed for fermentation on solids. This Shiraz was fermented using wild yeast, with its slightly unpredictable nature, this builds more complexity in the wine. The wine was matured in new French oak 'puncheons' (500L) for 14 months, hence the name 'Madame'.