2017 Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch Shiraz
Growing grapes, hunting for our table and raising a farm all help our family to truly understand this land. Inspired by Matt Fowles’ passion for hunting and gathering, our Ladies who Shoot their Lunch wines have been crafted to complement the textures and flavours of wild food. Vibrant in colour, intensely aromatic and fine in texture with pristine fruit flavours, these wines are a window into the wild for the curious, instinctive, perceptive and discerning.
The fruit for this wine was picked in late April, 2017 from our Upton Run vineyard in the Strathbogie Ranges. The grapes were picked using selective harvesting technology which destems and sorts all green material from the fruit. The result is much cleaner fruit and more purity of flavour in the wine. Normally in our Ladies Shiraz we use a percentage of whole bunches in the ferment, however we decided not to do this as we did not want the wine of this very cool season to show any green characters.
The grapes were cold soaked which means the fruit soaks for about 24 hours prior to fermentation starting. The fruit was then wild fermented using a combination of small fermenters (30%) and open sweep-arm fermenters (70%). Wild yeast, with its slightly unpredictable nature, builds more complexity in the wine.
This wine was matured in various ways over 12 months as there are many components in the blend. One quarter of the blend was matured in 150-year-old 5000 litre oak casks and also two new 6000 litre oak vats. Another quarter of the blend matured in one, two, and three-year-old puncheons. The remaining parcel was maintained as a fresh fruity parcel in stainless steel to preserve primary aromas.
Color, Nose and Palate
This shiraz is vibrant red with medium depth of colour. Spicy notes of pepper, violet and subtle oak lift from the glass. The palate is balanced with fresh red and blue fruits, hints of spice and fine, silky tannins.
Enjoy now - 2037
2017 experienced lower temperatures and higher than average rainfall. To keep the vines and yields in check, we had to thin the canopies much more than usual. The cool temperature meant that the harvest date was extended to late April; this is one of the latest on record for Shiraz. The long hang time of the grapes and cold conditions have provided great expression of spicy cool climate shiraz, as pepper intensity is greatest in cooler years. 2017 was one of the most challenging vintages I have seen in 17 years, however I would rate this wine as one of best examples of Ladies Shiraz we have made.
T/A 6.6 g/L
R/S 0.0 g/L
Roast crown of wild goat
Central Victoria, Australia
95 Points James Halliday Wine Companion,
Blue Gold Sydney International Wine Show,
Gold Victorian Wine Show