Margaret River Back Vintage Shiraz 2016
$15.00eachCustom Label Designer
About the Wine:
This Margaret River Back Vintage Shiraz 2016 has full up front small berry flavours and is very smooth. The fruit flavours don’t dominate; they just sit back and let you enjoy the smooth tannins and elegant finish. The wine has benefitted greatly from bottle age. The tannin structure is subtle and light because of the good age of the wine. A perfect wine for our back-vintage range.
Comments from Wine Buyer Steve:
This Margaret River Back Vintage Shiraz 2016 has a medium to full bodied flavor profile of black berries and complex fruits. The wine has spent 18 months in new French oak and 3 years in bottle which has resulted in a smooth red wine without overpowering tannins. It is a stunning aged and oaked red. I hope you enjoy it whilst listening to this Icon belting out his signature tunes.
My score 93/100 – WACC Gold Medal
About The Producer:
The producer of this wine was established in 1979, as an 11.8-hectare property, the vineyard is one of the earliest to be planted for grapes in the Margaret River region. This beautiful property was originally part of the group settlements established up by the then Premier of WA, Jimmy Mitchell’s government, at the end of the First World War, and was to be a “Gelignite Block”. Here explosives were to be stored for use by the pioneer soldier settlers to clear the massive Karri and Jarrah stumps.
The area is ideal for growing wine grapes – protection from strong winds by the surrounding Boranup State Forest, a climate mildly cooler than vineyards north of Witchcliffe, and terrain which steers autumn storms away from the vineyard. North/south slopes, gravelly Karri loam soil and a good water supply (McLeod’s creek runs through the property), combine to ensure gentle, even ripening of the fruit.
The first vines, comprising two hectares, were planted in 1980. Vines were planted every two or three years with the final two hectares being planted in 1995. There are now nine hectares of bearing grapevines.
What is Shiraz?
The French and Americans call it Syrah, we call it Shiraz. A versatile variety and well suited to a range of climates, and can be found in most of the grape growing regions of Australia.
In hot climates (such as the Barossa Valley of Australia), Shiraz is more consistently full-bodied with softer tannin, jammier fruit and spice notes of liquorice, anise and earthy leather.
In cooler climates such as Frankland River the wine takes on a more elegant style with medium to full bodied fruit flavours and softer smooth tannin structures.
In many regions, the acidity and tannin levels of Shiraz allows the wines produced from the grape to have favourable aging potential.
About the region:
Margaret River is the major geographical indication wine region in southwest Western Australia, with 5,017 hectares under vine and 215 wineries as at 2012.Margaret River wine region is made up predominately of boutique size wine producers; although winery operations range from the smallest crushing 3.5 tonne per year to the largest around 7000 tonne.
The climate of Margaret River is more strongly maritime-influenced than any other major Australian region. It has the lowest mean annual temperature range, of only 7.6C, and for good measure has the most marked Mediterranean climate in terms of rainfall, with only 200 millimeters of the annual 1160 millimeters falling between October and April. The low diurnal and seasonal temperature range means an unusually even accumulation of warmth. Overall the climate is similar to that of Bordeaux in a dry vintage.
Although the region produces just three percent of total Australian grape production, it produces over 20 percent of Australia’s premium wine market. The principal grape varieties are fairly evenly split between red and white; Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Banc, Sémillon, Shiraz, Merlot, Chenin blanc and Verdelho.