Penny's Hill Cracking Black Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia


Oozing with cherry and dark berry fruits, this McLaren Vale Shiraz is layered with milk chocolate, licorice and finely integrated oak. Showing great depth and generosity, the palate is elegant and well defined. The tannins delicately wrap the fruit and guide it along the palate, resulting in a wine of exceptional length and character.
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Wine Colour / Type Red Wine
Grape Variety Syrah / Shiraz
Style (dry/sweet) Dry
Popular Wine Styles Red | Rich & Intense
Body Full
Vintage 2018
Alcohol (ABV) 14.50%
Region McLaren Vale
Country of Origin Australia
Awards Gold Medal - AWC Vienna
94 points - James Halliday Wine Companion
94 points - Wine Orbit : Sam Kim
91 points - James Suckling, tasted by Nick Stock
Notes Vegan
Food Pairing Cheese, Beef, Lamb, Game/Duck

Sourced from our estate Malpas Road Vineyard, planted in 1991 on land which was originally referred to as ‘Bay of Biscay’. This is an obvious reference to the relatively infertile cracking, grey-black soil upon which our hand-tended Shiraz patch does its work. The fissures which occur as the black soil cracks apart, sever surplus root structure; a process which naturally lessens vigour and enhances ultimate grape quality. Other fruit parcels were sourced from the slightly higher elevated vines of the Penny’s Hill Vineyard. Detailed canopy management, judicious irrigation and passionate viticultural practices in both these high class vineyards contribute to this outstanding Shiraz.

To best reflect the variation in terroir across our vineyard sites, each Shiraz parcel was harvested, fermented and matured separately. Harvest commenced on the 20th February and the last parcel was picked on the 14th March. After 7- 10 days on skins in open or static fermenters, wines were pressed and filled immediately to the finest French oak barrels. Each parcel was matured for 16 months prior to barrel selection and blending.

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