Vineyard Source: 2015 Schmick Shiraz was sourced from the R6 and Shed blocks on the Kurtz Family Light Pass vineyard, known for concentrated depth of flavour, fruit complexity and structure.
Vintage Conditions: Good winter rain held promise, though spring was very dry, bringing on early flowering and fruit-set. Summer was mild, with a mid-January downpour helping to refresh the vines. A very warm February was followed by a significantly cooler March that extended ripening and allowed optimum flavour development.
Winemaking: After extended fermentation on skins the wine was matured for 38 months in new French oak hogsheads, enhancing structure and complexity.
Acidity: 6.8 g/L
Colour: Deep red with a dense crimson hue.
Nose: A rich, concentrated nose with dark fruit aromas of blood plum, black cherry and cassis. Notes of black olive, nutmeg, panforte, and fine cedary oak provide multiple layers of complexity.
Palate: Full bodied, smooth and textural, with rich, concentrated, mouth-filling flavours of black fruits, toasted nuts and coffee beans, drawn together and given focus with balanced acidity and plush, chocolately tannins that provide structure, mouthfeel and great length of flavour.
Peak Drinking: While suitable for current consumption, this wine will integrate and develop further complexity, rewarding careful cellaring for 20 years or more. Decanting prior to serving is recommended.
Food Match: ‘Schmick’ Shiraz is an ideal match with grilled, pan-fried or roasted red meats, and other full-flavoured dishes.
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