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The Escalier Shiraz is a special wine twelve years in the making for Jason Brown and his team at Moppity Vineyards.
2013 was a spectacular vintage for Shiraz in the Hilltops region. During the final blending process for his universally acclaimed 2013 Reserve Shiraz (97 points - James Halliday), a single parcel of fruit stood head and shoulders above the pack. As tempting as it was to use this parcel as the backbone of the Reserve Shiraz, the quality of fruit simply demanded its own bottling.
Sourced from a single block known as "Block 12", this Shiraz was fermented as 100% whole bunches and matured in a healthy portion of new oak. It's a wine of immense concentration and gravitas.
It looks set to be Moppity's most highly most decorated wine to date having already cleaned up on the show circuit, winning 13 Gold Medals and 2 Trophies prior to release.
The Escalier sets a new benchmark for the region and throws down a gauntlet to the established premium Shiraz producing regions to watch out, Hilltops Shiraz is here to stay. With 98 points from James Halliday, this is Moppity's crowning joy to date.
What it Tastes Like
Impenetrable colour. Impossibly inky and concentrated. The nose billows with black fruit, licorice, intense asian spice, cedar and green herbs. It's glossy and smooth to sip on. Sweet plum and blackberry notes ooze seductively through the mouth, inching their way into every crevice. Length is something else. It's a perfectly controlled explosion of flavour. Extremely impressive. Truly something special from this site. A wine destined for the cellar, to be shown in the best glassware only on special occasions.
98 points "Moppity's new flagship release, from a tiny parcel of grapes from the original block planted '73, considered too good to blend. Two trophies and 11 gold medals in Aus and credible overseas shows were well deserved. This is an exceptional shiraz, its greatest assets balance and extreme length. The colour is good, the plum and blackberry fruits with a juicy intensity, the tannins lined up in respectful support, the high quality oak having done its job to perfection." - James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion) Dual Trophy - Best Shiraz & Best Red Wine - 2014 Cowra Wine Show 13 Gold Medals - Including 2015 London International Wine and Spirit Competition, 2014 The Great Australian Shiraz Challenge, 2014 Sydney International Wine Competition, 2014 & 2015 Melbourne International Wine Competition, 2014 New Zealand International, 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, 2014 Perth Royal Wine Show, 2015 Australian Small Winemakers Show.
The best parcel of fruit from the exceptional 2013 Hilltops vintage.100% whole bunch. Matured in the top quality French oak.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2030
About the Producer
In less than 5 years Moppity have captured the wine trade’s imagination with their wonderfully balanced, concentrated and expressive cool climate wines. Take note, this winery are one of the rising stars if Australian wine.
This is one to watch. The Hilltops in NSW has some huge potential. The high altitude vineyards in this region are producing some of the most epic cool climate Syrah/Shiraz and Cabernet on the market at the moment. With a relatively low profile (for now), the value to be had in this area is second to none. But get in quick, the word is getting out and it wont be that way for long. Love yourself the more refined side of Shiraz? The Hilltops is a place you really need to check out.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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