Graeme's Shiraz Cabernet 2017
Bendigo's climate provides the perfect condition for the creation of this blend - we believe the region is better suited to Shiraz Cabernet than anywhere else. It is arguably our most well known wine, it is certainly the one we have been making the longest. It is well known for its longevity, indeed it cellars for up to 30 years, however we prefer to drink it about ten years from the vintage date. This is a blended wine and we are proud of that fact, great care was taken to create a wine greater than the sum of its parts.
- Composition: Shiraz Cabernet
- Vineyards: Serpentine and Axedale
- Region: Bendigo
- Harvest: March 11 - April 6 2017
- Harvest pH:
- Harvest BÉ: 13.9 - 14.9
- Bottled: February 2018
Each batch was individually fermented in small open stainless steel vats with gentle hand plunging twice daily. 40% of the Serpentine Shiraz component enjoyed an extended post ferment maceration as did 100% of the Serpentine Cabernet component. The rest was pressed once dry and put to barrel after a short settle in tank. The batches were 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
Shiraz: 90% Serpentine – 10% Axedale
Cabernet Sauvignon: 50% Serpentine – 50% Axedale
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: 21C
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: 20C
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