2017 Ablington
Shiraz

Bottle Price $47
Members Price $39.95

This Shiraz is vibrant and dark red in colour, with the nose opening up to aniseed, violets, a hint of moccha and rich red fruits. The palate is soft and generous, yet powerful with length and longevity. More red fruits, spicy black pepper, silky tannins and a lovely fresh acidity lingering on the palate.

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This Shiraz is vibrant and dark red in colour, with the nose opening up to aniseed, violets, a hint of moccha and rich red fruits. The palate is soft and generous, yet powerful with length and longevity. More red fruits, spicy black pepper, silky tannins and a lovely fresh acidity lingering on the palate.

After a warm and dry spring with low winter rains we entered into a vintage of extremes, which has meant lower yields across all of our varieties, but a definite increase in palate weight and flavour profile gives us wines that have the potential for some solid ageing.

A north-east facing vineyard with rich free draining soils, has produced a wine of true Hunter style, with the hallmark characteristics of this vineyard and soil. The light/medium clay soils tend to stay cooler and retain water better, giving us sumptuous fruit, with underlying structure and weight. The fruit was partly handpicked and partly machine harvested on the 7th of February, we crushed and destemmed leaving it to cold soak for 3 days for maximum colour extraction. At completion of ferment, the wine was pressed & racked into a mix of new French and 1 year old oak barrels for approx 8 months.

The 2017 Ablington is juicy and gutsy yet still retains the typical elegance, spicy & savoury characters of this vineyard. This Shiraz is vibrant and dark red in colour, with the nose opening up to aniseed, violets, a hint of moccha and rich red fruits. The palate is soft and generous, yet powerful with length and longevity. More red fruits, spicy black pepper, silky tannins and a lovely fresh acidity lingering on the palate.

We are enjoying the Ablington with slow roasted pork with savoury, spicy lentils.

Beautiful drinking now, but definitely leave it in the cellar if you can for 7+ years.

Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.4
Acidity: 7.7 g/L