2013 Marcus Old Vine Shiraz
During the mid 1980″s a severe slump in the wine industry caused many growers to join the vine pull, where they were paid to pull out vines that were not very productive. Unfortunately many old vines ‘bit the dust’ and were bulldozed but Marcus was adamant to maintain heritage and kept the old vines as he knew someday they would be in great demand again.
These gnarly old vines are dry grown with 60 year old root systems that have seen many droughts and a few wet years as well.
A warm growing season and the grapes were hand picked at perfect maturity, de-stemmed gently and fermented in an open fermenter which is the proven traditional wine making method. 50% of the shiraz went into New French Oak barrels and the remaining 50% went into seasoned oak barrels.
The wine is dark as night with garnet hues and has an intensity you can’t see through. The nose has volumes of sweet stewed fruit and black olive broodiness that is just waiting to be decanted.After breathing the bouquet opens up displaying licorice, dark chocolate and rich earthy overtones.
The palate is nicely textured, rich and smooth with earthy savoury characteristics integrated with ripe plum and mulberry jam flavours. The after taste is all of the above with a lingering soft, silky flavour that lingers on and on.
Ideal with any red meat such as beef, kangaroo or venison. This wine is perfect for all special occasions, and if you don’t have one, just makes one up.
Varietal: 100% Shiraz
pH : 3.73 TA: 6.07 g/1
Alcohol : 15.5% Alc/Vol