Limited Release Shiraz Cabernet
Lady Bay Vineyard
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The Vineyard adorns a spectacular coastal landscape with an esteemed pastoral history. Rows of vines span a rich alluvial floodplain at the entrance to the ‘great gorge’ – a place formerly regarded as one of the most valuable farming properties in South Australia.
Grapes of renowned calibre are hand-harvested from land which previously produced wheat unsurpassed by any in the world. Parcels of award winning Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon thrive on this envied soil overlooking Lady Bay.
Lady Bay Vineyard is a benchmark for quality in the Fleurieu region - The 2006 vintage was no exception. Drought ensured the lowest yield we had ever experienced – there was not enough fruit to fulfill external ‘A’ Grade grape contract commitments so we made the decision not to make any wine and sell all the grapes instead. However while harvesting (with heavy hearts) we realised the fruit was truly exceptional. We couldn’t resist ‘cherry picking’ two small parcels of fruit with the intention of crafting something very, very special…
One tonne each of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon were delicately and separately pressed into traditional open fermenters then cold soaked (chilled to 5°C) to maximise colour extraction. Primary fermentation on skins was followed with gentle pump overs and drain and returns to enhance an already abundant flavour profile. The wines were carefully pressed into 100% new French puncheons to complete malolactic fermentation, then racked off lees and returned to barrel. Unhurried Maturation in the finest French oak for 2-3 years allowed a gradual integration of fruit and oak characters. The very best barrels were selected resulting in a 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon Blend. This wine was bottled unfiltered to retain maximum flavour and texture. decanting is recommended. Share only with worthy friends.
Extended bottle ageing in our cellar has ensured this wine is ready to enjoy on release. We expect it will continue to age gracefully in good cellaring conditions for 10 years +
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