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Fortified Shiraz
The Exception | 2016 Fortified Shiraz

The cool climate of the Strathbogie Ranges is not typically suited to making fortified wine, however the 2016 vintage was warm and early, so we decided to see how long the Shiraz grapes could stay on the vine throughout the season. This fortified Shiraz is made in the vintage port style where ripeness only needs to be slightly higher than that of table wines. 

This fortified Shiraz is blood red in colour with aromas of fruit cake and ripe plums. On the palate are notes of lovely ripe red fruits and liquorice spice. Enjoy now or for many years to come.

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The fruit for this Shiraz was picked during the day on 29 March, 2016. The grapes were picked at 15.8 Baume, fermented on skins and hand plunged at 25 degrees Celsius for four days. We chose to use Rubino Cru yeast which promotes primary fruit and spice flavours. We then pressed and fermented the wine off skins for a further 36 hours before fortification whereby a brandy spirit was added to stop any further fermentation occurring. To impart some subtle oak character we matured the wine for 16 months in old French oak barrels.
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