A striking deep red color, this wine has an intense nose, typical of shiraz and reflects white pepper, dark fruit, smoke and leather aromas. A medium-full bodied wine incorporating flavours of blackberry and liquorice. Holds a well expressed lingering finish with a pleasant touch of acidity. Overall a well rounded wine that is perfect to drink now yet could mature well within the bottle for a further 5 years.
The grapes were handpicked at phenolic ripeness and stored at 10 °C to ensure the finest flavor and freshness. Upon crushing , a temperature of 10 °C was maintained and both skins and juice were left in contact in French oak tanks for 10 days. Varying from stainless steel, this approach provides improved color and flavor stability. After fermentation, character and color is allowed to develop for a period of 4 weeks before the wine is transferred to 40% new French oak barrels for 16-22 months. The use of new French oak allows the wine to retain certain flavors and extract tannin from the oak, resulting in a fuller mid pallet. By using only 40% new oak, the fruits within the wine are respected ensuring the wine is complex yet settled with great ageing potential.
Marianne Wine Estate presents rich, nuanced food wines with exemplary aging potential, making them suitable for wine collectors. The wines are also prepared to display full fruit and tightly integrated tannins upon a vintage's initial release. This careful balance ensures a fantastic drinking experience immediately, and a wine that will improve with age in the bottle for at least the next ten years.
Our Shiraz will happily take on powerful flavours, rich and gamey. This wine will go along perfectly with ostrich or a succulent sirloin steak.