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2018 Hard Hill Road Close-Planted Shiraz

2018 Hard Hill Road Close-Planted Shiraz

Grown in our close-planted blocks our Hard Hill Road vineyard in Great Western, Our Close-Planted Shiraz is of an intensity and denseness unique in the Grampians region. 

These Shiraz grapes were vinified in small batches and fermented with a good portion of whole berries and whole bunches. We hand-plunged the fermentations twice per day, and once the fermentation was complete the wine sat on its skins for another month or so before pressing. The wine then rested in French and American 500L puncheons for up to 18 months. 

Intense blackberry, dark chocolate, black pepper and liquorice, followed by tar, gun smoke and cured meats, with a long and rich finish.

While already presenting a seamless balance of fruit depth and tannin, it will continue to entwine and gain further complexity with decades of cellar time.

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Jeni Port | Halliday Wine Companion's Gravatar
Jeni Port | Halliday Wine Companion
(08/12/2021 at 3:56 PM)
Vinified in small batches, mostly whole berries and whole bunches, with natural yeast. Matured 18 months in French and American 500L puncheons. Love the spice! Not sure if the intensity of the spice can be put down to the close-planted vineyard (14,000 vines/ha), but it's quite a scene stealer. Blue fruits, black cherry, dark chocolate-covered licorice and a touch of jubey pastille sweetness, all with lift and verve. | 94 Points | Aug 2021

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