Granite…Grown on the rolling granite hills of Tooborac!
One door closes, another door opens! And what an exciting door it’s become.
After moving to Tooborac in October 2014 I was in search of a vineyard that had Shiraz growing on Granite soils. I was rewarded with the fruit from the Merindoc Vineyard, planted in 1996. The established vineyard was only 3 km away from my new home. Bingo!!
2015 was a very early and hot vintage; grapes were ripening at a rate that I had not seen in Heathcote before. Picking grapes with balance and acidity was the key.
The last pick of the year from the southern most vineyards was the one and only that made it into Syrahmi 2015, amazing to think it was only the first time I had ever worked with this vineyard. With ripe Shiraz grapes being picked at only 12.4% Be’.
Dark and deep brick red, a riot of perfume of ripe wild raspberries, crushed granite rock and wet earth, smoked bacon fat, cherries, bergamot tea and black olive paste create a sense of excitement. Lightness with finesse and elegance.
Complex, dense medium weight palate with intense energy. Lifted perfume of black olive tapenade, smoked meats with red and blue fruits add to the fine boned tannin from the 80% whole bunch used. Long, complex with rich red fruits, finishing with salivating freshness from the driving acidity.
The future is very bright for Tooborac.
A glance at the winemaking …
- 80% wholebunch used. No pumping during ferment.
- Wild yeast ferment and malolatic fermentation
- Extended time 36 days on skins before pressing, only free run used.
- Aged in used 2800L Foudre 100% French for 17 months
- Wine is left on lees without racking then bottled unfined & unfiltered with min. SO2
- Minimum 3 years before release