2019 Toolangi Reserve Block D Shiraz

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An elegant and seductive Yarra Shiraz, with lifted spice, earth and pepper flavours and a juicy but textured palate. Could age well.

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An elegant and seductive Yarra Shiraz, with lifted spice, earth and pepper flavours and a juicy but textured palate. Could age well.

This shiraz flies its flag for its cool climate origin. Aromas are of plums, baking spices, violet florals, blackboard a little white pepper with a hint of curry leaves. On the palate there is liquorice, clove, plum skin and red currants. The texture is a coil of presence and power with good weight that rolls along finishing with graphite, rock, and sweet earth notes.

Winemaking Notes: Harvest: Hand-picked on the 19th of March Vinification & Elevage: Fermented as 100% whole bunches. The wine is pressed after 3 weeks on skins to French oak hogsheads for indigenous malolactic conversion, then sulphured on lees. 10 Months in oak, then racked twice prior to bottling.

This Shiraz is made from low cropped and hand harvested fruit a selection of rows 24-34 of D Block, PT 23 clone on Paulsen from the original 1996 plantings representing the very best Shiraz this vineyard produces.

Optimal conditions for both flowering and fruit set in the vineyards gave well balanced yields with plenty of promise leading into the 2019 harvest. A dry January and February followed, culminating in a relatively compressed vintage, though attention to detail by in the vineyard gave winemakers wonderfully balanced fruit with concentration of flavour and exceptional natural acidity.

Region: Yarra Valley, VIC
Blend: Shiraz (100%)
ABV: 13.50%
Closure: 750ml
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94 Points - "Intense small black berries, graphite, a little smoke and plenty of spice, roast beef and aniseed. It's medium-bodied, cool and fine, graphite tannin, meaty and peppery, but with sweet blackcurrant and blackberry flavour. Finish is long and spicy, savoury and pinched with fresh bramble berry acidity, perfume and stony coolness. It's an excellent wine. Succulent, yet fine boned."- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

95 Points - "Fermented with 100% whole bunches, 3 weeks on skins before being pressed to French hogsheads for 10 months. So finely tuned and rather beautiful. While there are flashes of fruit, this is savoury. Juniper, aniseed balls, ironstone, a woodland of herbs and nori in the mix. It has definition and power but works off a medium-bodied palate finishing with sandy tannins and great persistence. Bravo." - Jane Faulkner (Halliday Wine Companion)

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