The Cutting Barossa Valley Single Vineyard Shiraz 2020

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100% Handpicked, crushed with 30% retained as whole bunches. The juice was cold soaked for 7 days and then inoculated and fermented in open top fermenters. The wine was pressed off skins using a basket press and transferred directly to a combination of older French oak barriques and hogsheads. Once malolactic fermentation was completed the wine was racked off gross lees and aged for 18 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.’

A rich, full-flavoured and complex wine which is showing a tasty mix of primary and tertiary characters: blackberry, raspberry, stewed and dried fruits, dried herbs, smoke. This is a wine that requires a bit of patience, as it definitely improves with some air, as well as by being paired with food; I had it with shepherd’s pie and the smooth, integrated tannins matched really well with the cuisine.