The 18th release of this outstanding Clare Valley Shiraz handmade with a traditional winemaking approach: single vineyard, estate-grown, and handpicked.
A portion is whole bunch foot crushed for mid palate texture and more complexity. The balance is cold soaked on skins and fermented in purpose-built vessels which allow gentle plunging of the cap. Aged in French oak barriques – 40% new – for 18 months.
Chris Shanahan raved about the last vintage in the Canberra Times: “Winemaker Stephanie Toole says she crushed a portion of the whole bunches for this wine by foot. But there’s not a trace of old sock or any other undesirable traits in this beautifully refined but full-bodied shiraz from Watervale, at the southern end of the Clare Valley. The inclusion of whole bunches introduces stems into the fermentation and any pre – or post-ferment maceration. Provided the stems are ripe, the practice introduces desirable changes to a wine’s tannin structure and subtle, pleasing stalky notes to the aroma and flavour. That element seems barely noticeable in Toole’s very slinky, slippery shiraz.”
Deep crimson purple.
Appealing ripe dark fruits, cocoa and gentle spice.
This is a stylish shiraz, classic in character with mouthfilling red and black fruits – rich and juicy. The palate is beautifully elegant, balanced with long fine tannins, spicy fruit and oak. Stephanie’s deft use of a mix of new and old ensures a balanced, age-worthy wine. Comfortably 8+ years