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The Victorian Shiraz

2018 The Victorian
Tate Hamilton

It has a deep red colour, and is quite aromatic with blackcurrant and sweet spice aromatics. There is also a chocolatey note – this is partly from oak maturation, but also a regional characteristic associated with good Heathcote fruit. The tannins have a lovely ripe plushness to them, and the wine feels rich and full bodied

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tasting note

It has a deep red colour, and is quite aromatic with blackcurrant and sweet spice aromatics. There is also a chocolatey note – this is partly from oak maturation, but also a regional characteristic associated with good Heathcote fruit. The tannins have a lovely ripe plushness to them, and the wine feels rich and full bodied

The grapes for this wine were grown on Tait Hamilton’s vineyard, near Toolleen in the Heathcote wine growing region of Victoria. Shiraz is the standout variety of this region and this 2018 vintage is a beauty!

 

We harvested Tait’s fruit in batches – 2nd March, 8th March and March 13th. Each parcel has a slightly different character with the fruit getting riper, and more dark fruit flavour the later it is picked, and the earlier parcel a little spicier. We fermented in open pots, closed fermenters and also in an Italian designed fermenter which has in-built paddles to mix the fermenting juice with the skins. Each fermenter gives the wine a slightly different character. We used a couple of pure yeast cultures – AWRI 796 which is quite neutral, and Maestoso (MTS-29) which is selected for low H2S production. The different picks, fermenters and yeasts each add to the layers of flavour which helps build complexity and maximise quality.

Food match

Seared skirt steak with garlic butter.

Serving temp

16-18°C.

Cellaring potential

Enjoy now or for up to 8 years.

Technical info

Alc 14.9%
pH 3.42
Ta 6.48G/L
RS 0.49/L

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