Colour: Displays vibrant purple colours
Nose: Strong aromas of raspberries and eloquent vanilla.
Palate: raspberries which are in superb balance with the soft vanilla flavours derived from the wine’s maturation in specially selected French Oak Barriques.
Finish: these characters are further complexed by the silky fine grained tannins which enhance the palate and contribute to the long, well balanced finish.
Made with 100% Shiraz from the Great Southern Region. There is a wonderful balance between the soft though intense dark berry fruit characters and the vanillin oak flavours obtained from 14 months maturation in French oak. The wine shows good texture and structure, with the resultant mouth feel contributing to the long after taste. Long term bottle maturation will be beneficial for this wine and is suitable to strong flavoured meals such as game and roasted meats.
A minimal addition of preservative (224) added.
Alc 13.5 – Winemaker – John Wade
8.0 Std Drinks
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Fermentation in small open top stainless-steel fermenters for ten days using the bayanus yeast strain (Prisse de Mousse) which is a neutral yeast which imparts little flavor to the wine. The wine was given a further 42 days contact with the skins and then was lightly pressed using our traditional basket press with all the pressings added back to free-run wine for settling and racking to barrel and subsequent maturation. Malolactic fermentation was induced and completed. The wine spent just over one year in mainly new French medium toast Barriques (225lts) made from fine grain oak from the Alier Forest which has added a delightful freshness to the wine which is a hallmark of the red wines from Rickety Gate.