Fox Creek Old Vine Shiraz
Old Vine Shiraz comes from a single premium McLaren Vale vineyard planted in 1910, where the gnarly old vines produce some amazing, concentrated flavours.
Intense deep red with purple hues.
Dark chocolate and black cherries, roast chestnut, toasted rye bread and caramel characters all spiced up with black cardamom and nigella.
The palate is rich and full showing ripe plum and dark cherries, with hints of vanilla and caramel rounding out the mid palate. The wine finishes with great balance and length, and is characterised by a depth and intensity only achievable with old vine fruit. The fine French oak and textural tannins will soften as the wine ages, although it is also very approachable as a young wine.
Sourced from a single premium McLaren Vale vineyard planted in 1910, where the gnarly old vines produce some amazing, concentrated flavours. The fruit is harvested by hand when the fruit flavours, grape tannins and acids reached maturity. Fermentation on skins was for 10 days in open top 4 tonne fermenters and hand plunged twice daily, all this wine completed fermentation in barrel for added integration and complexity. During maturation the wine was targeted with appropriate oak types to maximise its potential and produce interesting components to blend from. Maturation was for 20 months in 3 year seasoned new French Oak barrels, sourced from coopers in both Bordeaux and Burgundy. Barrel by barrel selection during all stages of fermentation and barrel maturation to ensure only the best barrels were selected for the final blend. Final barrel selections were determined purely by quality.
- Alcohol 14.5
Depending on the level of aging you prefer it will be drinking its best up to 2020 (and probably much longer). This wine is very approachable as a young wine but should be decanted for up to 2 hours prior to consumption to allow the wine to open up and express itself fully.
Bronze Medal, The Great Shiraz Challenge 2012
4.5 Stars, Winestate Magazine World's Greatest Shiraz Challenge, Sept/Oct 2012
Wine of the Year Finalist, Winestate Magazine World's Greatest Challenge, Sept/Oct 2012
Rating of 93 (Highly Recommended) in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2013 Edition
"The block that gave up its grapes for this wine was planted in 1910. The bouquet has a layered complexity of cherry, plum and violets with ferrous and spice (cardamom and cinnamon) notes. Deep flavours of blackberry, plum, spice and charcuterie are rich and concentrated, and the wine is remarkably light, not jammy. It's well-structured, with satin-like texture, fine-grained tannins and bright acid all working together in seamless harmony. This is available for pre-order and at the time of writing the label hadn't been finalised. 4.5 stars " Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review, 27th July 2011
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