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2020 Sweetwater Shiraz

2020 Sweetwater Shiraz

Winemaker's Comments

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 gives 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 on the 31st January, 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 2020 Sweetwater Shiraz was bottled in June 2021 and cellared for 10 months prior to release.

Tasting Notes

A smaller production this year (only 370 dozen bottled), focusing on the very best barrels to create this single-vineyard wine. It is true to form with those distinctive floral notes adding vibrancy to the red and blue fruited frame. The palate is bright and juicy, with some well-judged (and sexy) premium French oak maturation contributing to a palate that sits squarely in the fuller end of the medium-bodied Hunter Valley Shiraz spectrum.
Definitely a crowd favourite at our cellar door....
Drink 2021 - 2030+

Bottled         8th June 2021
Released    14th May 2022
Production  370 Dozen
Alcohol        14.5%

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