2012 was an outstanding vintage. Winter was relatively dry leading into a temperate spring where fruit set was impeccable. Ripening was uniform across all our shiraz blocks and acids were maintained at exceptionally high levels. Temperatures in Jan/Feb were low and March was dry without major heat spikes resulting in excellent fruit quality and tremendous flavours. All Shiraz for The Piece was handpicked from Blocks 2 and 3 Nth, sorted and fermented in one tonne open fermenters and aged for 24 months in new and old 300 litre French oak hogsheads.
Once opened it displays aromas of chocolate, maraschino cherry, dried herbs, spice and coffee coupled with restrained pencil shavings of French oak. The palate displays a tightly wound balance of cherry, satsuma plum, blueberries and fresh acidity. Dusty tannins complement the finish which is dry and clean with tremendous length. Cellar for 15 years or more.
Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.50g/l Residual sugar: 1.0g/l
Total acid: 6.8g/l Bottling date: 4 June 2014