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2016 Stone Dwellers Shiraz

2016 Stone Dwellers Shiraz

SKU: FWB4

Deep cherry red in colour, this wine epitomises cool-climate shiraz grown in the Strathbogie Ranges. On the nose, dark berry, plums and rhubarb meld with notes of nutmeg and black pepper. The palate is full bodied, with soft red fruits, spicy oak, supple tannins and a lovely finish.

  • Vintage Conditions

    2016 was one of ten warmest years on record in Victoria and yet another record for our planet! Rainfall was very low. This combination of conditions produced a year of moderate yields and early ripening. Our main wine making challenge was trying to find a balance between alcohol and flavour. We picked our Shiraz blocks in early March which was 2-3 weeks ahead of normal years. This early season means we had to allow sugar levels to get relatively high before we achieved the fruit flavour ripeness we like to see.

    This majority of this wine was matured for up to 16 months using new French and American oak, with a smaller component (20%) spending time in old French puncheons (500L barrels). Enjoy now or cellar for up to 10 years.

  • Wine Making

    The fruit for this wine was harvested on two separate days. The fruit from Block 1 was harvested during the day on 1 March and Block 5 was harvested on 4 March, 2016. We chose to ferment this wine at 24° Celsius using ‘Clos’ yeast to enhance varietal character. The majority of this wine (70%) was matured for sixteen months using new mostly (90%) French and the remainder in American oak. A small amount (20%) was matured for fourteen months in old French oak.

  • Color, Nose and Palate

    The colour displays good depth of burgundy, red and purple hues. On the nose are aromas of dark berries and blood plums, subtle oak, some nutmeg spice, black pepper and chocolate. The palate shows dark red fruits, savoury spicy oak and pepper.

  • Peak Drinking

    Drink now or cellar over the next 10 years.

  • Special Comments

    2016 was an early and fast ripening season. We picked our shiraz blocks in early March which was 2-3 weeks ahead of normal years. This early season means we had to allow sugar levels to get relatively high before we achieved the fruit flavour ripeness we like to see.

  • Wine Analysis

    PH 3.57

    T/A 6.6g/L

    R/S 0g/L

    Alc 14.5%

  • Food match

    T-bone steak cooked over hot rocks!

  • Accolades

    93 points, Halliday 2019 Wine Companion

  • Size

    750ml

  • Vintage

    2016

  • Region

    Central Victoria, Australia 

  • Style

    Dry Red 

  • Body

    Medium

  • Grapes

    Shiraz

  • Accolades

    93 points, Halliday 2019 Wine Companion

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