2021 ARILA GARDENS
GARDENS OF MOPPA
Our Gardens of Moppa wines are an expression of the region from which we call home. A blend of vineyards, or as we like to call them gardens, from the heart of Moppa. Fragrant wines with personality, crafted with a gentle touch and a respect for these classic varietals from this renowned region.
Grape Variety: Shiraz
Region: Moppa, Barossa Valley
Colour: Deep magenta purple.
Nose: Aromatic blue and black fruits; boysenberry, blood plum, blackberry, supported by subtle malt cream and notes of Dutch cocoa.
Palate: Lively fruit driven frame with loads of upfront berry flavours filling the mouth and continuing through the mid and finish. Harmonious, fine long talcy line of tannin extends the palate; morish and salivating and all the time supported by bright fruit flavours. The oak influence is balanced contributing savoury complexity and texture, allowing regional characters to shine.
Cellaring potential: 10+ years
The 2021 vintage for the Barossa will be referred to in time as a classic, producing exceptionally good quality wines. The growing season was set up well with average winter and above average rainfall through August to October allowing for good subsoil moisture and healthy vines. Another rain event in early February was welcome, allowing for a steady and unstressed ripening period. Very mild conditions during berry ripening allowed for slow sugar accumulation and the development of optimum flavour and tannin whilst retaining good natural acidity. Picking decisions were based on acid profile as much as flavour allowing fruit to be harvested with moderate sugar. The result being bright wines with lovely natural balance.
- Hand-picked – 27-28 February 2020
- Cold soak 24 hours at 12 °C
- Splattering of whole bunch at base of fermenter
- Remainder whole berry
- Fermentation in small open top fermenter for 11 days with gentle pump overs and occasional hand plunging
- Gentle pressing via bag press
- Maturation – 14 months in 100% French oak with 40% 1 year old.
- Racked from barrel and filtered prior to bottling
- Wine analysis
pH – 3.56
Acidity – 6.3 g/L
Alcohol – 14.5 %
Residual Sugar – Dry: 0.4 g/L
Yet to be reviewed.