RRP: $40 per bottle Sale: $21.67 per bottle
These two varieties are interplanted and are picked together as a field blend. It is the only Shiraz Mourvedre made in the Hunter. At an average yield of one tonne per acre the fruit for this wine was intensely concentrated in flavour. The Mourvedre tends to ripen 2 weeks after the Shiraz resulting in a wine that tends to be a riper style than usual for the Hunter. The grapes for this wine were picked from a single block off the old Saxonvale vineyard growing on the red volcanic soil of the Fordwich Sill.
A rich palate of dark berry, chocolate and licorice carries through to a finish of warming spice with notes of vanilla and nutmeg. Blackcurrant, floral – violet, cherry, blackberry and dusty earth. Savoury characters from the Shiraz and perfumed notes from the Mourvedre as well as integrated tannins produce a balanced wine.
The 2015 vintage was a reasonably good vintage for red in the Hunter. The grapes were picked at full ripeness and were fermented under cool conditions using cultured aromatic yeast. After fermentation the wine was placed in new French oak barriques where it matured for 20 months prior to bottling. The intense tannins of the Mourvedre help lift the spicy notes of the Shiraz in the wine to provide a medium bodied structure accentuated coupled with vanillin notes from the oak.