Tasting Note

2012 ‘Redemption’ Shiraz

Varieties

100% Shiraz

Region

Mt Barker and Porongurup, Great Southern, WA

Shiraz is the red icon of the uber-cool Great Southern with different interpretations from, and within, the five sub-regions of Mount Barker, Porongurup, Frankland, Albany and Denmark. We like the subregions of Mount Barker and Porongurup for our Redemption Shiraz: Mount Barker has classic spicy, Szechuan pepper, Satsuma and mulberry; Porongurup has lifted florals and raspberry notes with elegance and length.

There are 2 blocks of Shiraz from Mount Barker; one west (ridgetop, gravel) and one south (north face, gravel and granite) of the township. The third vineyard is from the eastern edge of the Porongurup range with an east facing slope and a mix of laterites and granitic sands. Enough geology.

Dark plum in colour with a hint of purple youthfulness, the 2012 Redemption Shiraz has super lifted Satsuma, spice, plum skin and raspberry aromas with a hint of underlying earth and licorice. This is an eminently fruit driven style, very high on the slurpability index, with fresh red fruits, a floral call and an earthy answer. Whole bunches in the ferments have added spice elements, an elegant tannin thread through the finish to keep the line and add length. Aged in older puncheons there is subtle oak influence but Redemption Shiraz is a modern take on the classic Shiraz of the Great Southern.

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