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The blackness of this wine is ever-present, evident in not only the palate and the nose, but the colour in the glass is an inky purple-black as well. Aromatics follow this theme of broody darkness, deep aromas of black cherry, liquorice, currant and anise swirl with cold-drip coffee freshness. The muscularity of this wine is ever-present on the palate, a melange of surly black fruits and black peppery spices wrapping smoothly around the generous understory of velvety tannins. The foundation flavours are terrific, with lashings of brown cinnamon oak-spice power, adding even more length of flavour and harmony to this already flavour packed youngster.
The weather threatened the area's vignerons early in the 2016 harvest. Early heat in December didn't hold, and a cool and wet January had growers worried about reds on the vine. Thankfully, Feburary was close to perfect, as the weather switched back to warm dry days that allowed for steady ripening, preserving red and black fruit characters with fine tannin.
This special single-block batch of 2016 Hunter Valley Shiraz was again reserved for extended ferment on skins (six weeks total), reinforcing its very dark and deep purple colour hue, amplifying its black core of fruit and strenthening its solid tannin foundation. Extra density and texture has been infused by ageing the wine in barrel on lees, adding to the wine's power and complex substance. As a result, the depth of aroma and flavour is remarkable, the wine unique.
A broody, black and dense Shiraz from a single vineyard in Broke Fordwich. Available only for wine club members.