The lead into the 2016 vintage was dryer than yesterdays toast, which again brought flowering on earlier than the long term average. The new year brought some cooling rains which slowed ripening during the late summer months. A little more difficult to manage than the 2015 vintage, and perhaps not as stand out, but a vintage that produced solid quality red wines.
The fruit from the 2016 ‘Sfera’ Shiraz was harvested from our most southerly block (Block 1). Machine harvested at night to retain freshness, before haulage to the winery.
For us ‘oxygen’ is a bad word while in the winery. Vinified in stainless fermenters, plunged twice daily, before pressing off skins on day 5 and transferring to stainless tanks. This ensures we capture the fresh flavours straight from the vineyard and make sure each bottle reflects our unique home.
‘Sfera’ Shiraz has excellent primary fruit intensity, while maintaining the herbaceous-ness and spice that is to be expected from our cooler region. Bold plum and chocolate flavours are met with notes of juniper and black pepper. This wine will reward up to 15 years of cool cellaring.
Pair with steak, bold cheeses or a cigar and an open fire.
Varietal composition: 100% Shiraz
GI: Limestone Coast, SA
TA: 5.5 g/L
RS: 2.2 g/L
Other InformationProduction: 6,000 bottles
Oak maturation: None. Stainless maturation
FSO2 at bottling: 35ppm