- Composition: Shiraz 59% Cab. 41%
- Vineyards: Serpentine, Axedale & Zonnebek
- Region: Bendigo
- Harvest: February 2016
- Harvest pH:
- Harvest BÉ: 14.0
- Bottled: February 2017
Each batch was individually fermented in small open stainless steel vats with gentle hand plunging twice daily. These particular batches were pressed individually once dry without any extended post-ferment maceration. Matured for 11 months in seasoned French oak hogsheads – which were left un-racked for this time. Barrels selected for the blend were given a light egg white fining and coarse filtration before bottling.
Vineyard, Vintage Notes
ASSEMBLAGE Shiraz: Axedale 47% - Zonnebeke 35% - Serpentine 18% Cabernet Sauvignon: Axedale 58% - Serpentine 42%
The Serpentine vineyard sits on the banks of the Loddon River 42 km north west of the township of Bendigo. Established in 1999 the vines are now 18 years old. The vineyard is planted predominantly to Cabernet Sauvignon (Clone: SA125) and Shiraz (Clone: PT23). The vines are cane pruned with shoot and bunch thinning occurring when required. Minimal irrigation is applied to achieve a balance between optimum fruit and a sparse canopy. Due to the particularly low rainfall and canopy more reminiscent of a dry grown vineyard rather than an irrigated, application of fungicide is rare. The soil is sandy clay loam over friable reddish clay with limestone pebbles.
AVERAGE ANNUAL RAINFALL: 350mm ALTITUDE: 124m MEAN JANUARY TEMPERATURE: 21°C
The Axedale vineyard is situated between the townships of Bendigo and Heathcote, 20km east of Bendigo. The vineyard, planted in 1998 sits on the banks of the Campaspe River. The plantings comprise of (predominantly) Cabernet Sauvignon (Clone: SA125) and Shiraz (Clone: T23). The soil is sandy clay loam. The vines are mainly spur pruned, irrigation is used when required to achieve a balanced canopy and optimum fruit quality. Due to the low rainfall during the growing season and canopy management practices fungicide sprays are kept very minimal.
AVERAGE ANNUAL RAINFALL: 540mm ALTITUDE: 176m MEAN JANUARY TEMPERATURE: 20°C
In 1994, Graeme convinced Phil and Ann Adam to plant a vineyard at their Zonnebeke property in Rheola. It sits in a shallow valley in a slightly cooler part of the Bendigo region, although only 5km down the road from our original vineyard. The Shiraz (clone unknown) vines sit on granitic sands. The very low yielding (1-1.5t/acre) Shiraz vines often produce highly perfumed wine of elegance. Phil uses minimal chemicals in the vineyards. In exceptional vintages past, Shiraz from the Zonnebeke vineyard has been bottled separately as a single vineyard wine. Irrigation is used sparingly if at all.
AVERAGE ANNUAL RAINFALL: 515mm ALTITUDE: 226m MEAN JANUARY TEMPERATURE: 21°C
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