Woodvale Vintners

2017 Woodberry Shiraz

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The Woodberry is our newly released flagship Shiraz. Expressing the very best of the Clare Valley; hand made, time-honoured with long term cellaring in mind.

Region: Clare Valley.

Variety: Shiraz 100%.

Vineyard: 100% from the high altitude Netherby Hill vineyard on the western edge of Clare.

Seasonal Report: A classically cool vintage, as my father Mort said, very much reminiscent of the good old days in the Clare. Harvesting took place well into March, around three weeks later than is usual for this vineyard site.

Winemaking: The full power and elegance of the Woodberry Shiraz parcel was allowed to reach its full potential through hand plunging, extended skin contact, basket pressing, and eighteen months spent in a selection of new and seasoned French oak hogsheads. Bottled in late 2018, it was given further maturation in our cellar prior to its recent release.

Tasting Notes: Intensely perfumed and of deep brick red appearance, the nose combines red fruits, dark cherries, kitchen spices, and charry French oak highlights in an intriguing assault on the senses. The palate is richly rounded and textural, featuring dark cherries, tar, and bitter chocolate wrapped impressively within a framework of fine-grained tannins, natural acid balance and French oak support.

Cellaring Potential: It may be enjoyed young but will reward further cellaring of fifteen years plus.

Food Pairing: Scotch Fillet; medium rare!