Gleeson & Co Clare Valley Shiraz 2016


Gleeson & Co Clare Valley Shiraz 2016


The fruit for this wine was grown on the western ridge of the Kirribilly Vineyard which surrounds the winery. This vineyard consistently produces some of our best Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Growing Conditions
Early spring was very mild and dry giving rise to early bud burst and very fast vine growth. By mid-October vines were well advanced and tracking 2-3 weeks ahead of a normal season with most flowering complete by the start of November. After a hot dry December, rains in late January and early February were most welcome rebuilding soil moisture and slowing ripening. A mild February rounded out what is considered to be an excellent, if early, vintage. 

The technique of cold soaking was employed for this wine, whereby the grapes were crushed and chilled to the fermenter and allowed to soak without fermentation for 3 days. This technique allows for the gentle extraction of colour and tannin before alcohol and heat play their part. After fermentation in open fermenters, the wine was then matured in 500L puncheons prior to bottling in August 2017.

Winemaking Notes
A deeply coloured wine with dark cherry and fruitcake aromas, hints of chocolate and oak. The palate is rich with soft tannins and has excellent length. 

Analysis - pH 3.60 | Alc. 14.8% | TA 6.g/l

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