- Composition: Shiraz
- Vineyards: Serpentine
- Region: Bendigo
- Harvest: 15th February 2016
- Harvest pH: 3.75
- Harvest BÉ: 14.8
- Bottled: June 2017
One particular batch of Shiraz sourced from a single block of the Serpentine Vineyard stood out for us in 2016. The fruit is 100% de-stemmed and hand sorted before being traditionally vinified in open stainless steel fermenters, which are hand plunged twice a day. This particular batch had an extended post-ferment maceration spending close to 50 days on skins. Once pressed off skins; the wine was matured in French oak hogsheads for 16 months, 20% new.
Vineyard, Vintage Notes
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 nearing 20 years of age.
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 MJT: 21C
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