Vineyard Source: 2017 Schmick Shiraz was sourced from the Old, R6 and Shed blocks on the Kurtz Family Light Pass vineyard, known for concentrated depth of flavour, fruit complexity and structure.
Vintage Conditions: Vine growth was slow yet healthy, after a long, wet winter. Spring and early summer were cool, and post-veraison temperatures were moderate, with short bursts of heat and well-timed rain. An Indian summer allowed consistent ripening, with cool late-March nights extending vintage.
Winemaking: After extended fermentation on skins the Old, R6 and Shed blocks were separated into free-run and basket-press cuts. Showing exceptional concentration and structure, only the pressings were selected for Schmick. The wine was matured for 36 months in new French oak hogsheads, further enhancing mouthfeel and complexity.
Acidity: 6.0 g/L
Colour: Deep purple-red.
Nose: A rich, concentrated nose with ripe, dark fruit aromas of blackberry, blueberry and boysenberry. Notes of dark chocolate, espresso, liquorice, woody herbs and fine cedary oak provide multiple layers of complexity.
Palate: Full bodied and textural, with intense, concentrated, flavours of black fruits, with hints of dark chocolate, toasted nuts, coffee beans and black truffles. The palate is drawn together and given focus with balanced acidity and plush, fine-grained tannins that provide structure, velvety mouthfeel and exceptional ength 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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