2018 Sweetwater Shiraz
A Hunter Valley Shiraz, hailing from an individual vineyard located at Sweetwater Ridge in the northern (Belford) end of the Lower Hunter Valley. Planted in 1998, the red/brown loamy soils over limestone are what give this wine its distinctive floral lift and character. The vineyard was relatively vigorous in the early days, but has settled into a well balanced crop level of around 3-5 tonnes per hectare now the vines are getting some age, which ensures even ripening and produces wonderfully concentrated fruit.
Harvested in two parcels on the 28th of January and 3rd of February, the fruit was fully ripe and in excellent condition. The fermentation was allowed to get quite warm at the start and then cooled towards the finish to ensure we achieved the right tannin structure and maximum colour extraction. The inclusion of 10% whole bunches into the fermentation has added a subliminal stalky complexity. Matured in premium French oak (300L) hogsheads, of which approximately 20% were new barrels. The 2018 Sweetwater Shiraz was bottled in January 2019 which is about 5 months earlier than usual.
Two trophies, including Best Red Wine of the Show, 2019 Hunter Valley Boutique Wine Show
From an outstanding Hunter Valley vintage, the 2018 Sweetwater Shiraz is true to form with its distinctive floral notes of violets and potpourri, within a perfumed red and blue fruited frame, and a lengthy, supple tannin profile. The deliciously intense mid-palate provides some awesome current drinking appeal, but will also reward some patient cellaring. Definitely a favourite at our cellar door....
Drink 2020 - 2030+
Bottled 31st Jan 2019
Released 2nd May 2020
Production 1115 Dozen