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Winemaker’s Notes: 2018 was a relatively cooler year

allowing the grapes to mature slower than previous vintages

resulting in tremendous flavour development with retention of

natural acidity. This classical Cambrian grown Shiraz fruit

(several different clones including PT23 & 1654) is from low

yielding vines and was harvested using the biodynamic

calendar to ensure optimum balance, ripeness and intensity

of flavour. The fruit was destemmed; berries not crushed or

pumped to preserve their physical integrity and transferred to

a majority of open 4000 L & 9000 L wooden and some

stainless steel 5000 L vats. A combination of different

maceration times (mainly pumping over) from 20 to 40 days

on skins and most of the batches were naturally fermented.

The wine was aged in new and used French oak barriques

and puncheons for 24 months.


Tasting Note: Very deep vibrant red colour with a slight

purple hue, the aroma has intense lifted ripe red and black

fruits avoiding any over-ripe elements reflecting the cooler

year. Hints of black and white pepper spice and savoury

notes lead to a palate that complements the aromas, rich and

round with intense, juicy and chewy fruit, framed by soft but

persistent tannins and a touch of French oak. A lingering,

balanced mineral acidity finishes a complex wine representing

the classical Cambrian terroir in a moderately cooler year.

Although the wine is rich, like its predecessor, it shows a

focused structure and will, therefore, continue to develop with

further bottle aging.


Cellaring: 10+ years

Cuvée Stephen Thomson Shiraz 2018 - 6 Pack

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