2021 ARILA GARDENS
IRONSTONE AND QUARTZ GARDENS
SHIRAZ

$85.00

This parcel is a selection of vines showcasing the absolute best Shiraz from our Arila Gardens single vineyard site. The exact rows and sections of each garden selected for this Shiraz may change from one year to the next as we seek out fruit of the highest quality.

The philosophy with this Shiraz is simple; to make world class wine which expresses the very best of this variety from our vineyard, in this time to be savoured for many years to come.

Tasting Note

Grape Variety: Shiraz
Vineyard: Quartz & Ironstone Gardens from the Arila Gardens single vineyard, Moppa, Barossa Valley.
Colour: Dense inky purple.
Nose: Tightly coiled and mineral, black tar, aniseed, Dutch cocoa, and blackberry. Savoury, nutty oak adds another layer. Complex and enticing. Needs time to open.
Palate: Dense core of blackberry and pastille fruits, supported by attractive nutty oak, warm spice and a savoury tar and earth quality. Whilst rich and layered the palate is not heavy in any way, balanced with fine natural acidity. The tightly woven, sinewy tannin line drives the palate to a long flavoursome finish with waves of black fruit and mineral. Many years of life ahead.
Cellaring potential: 15+ years.

Vintage Conditions 

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.

Winemaking

  • Quartz garden harvested 22nd February, Ironstone garden harvested 4th March.
  • Small percentage of whole bunch at base of fermenter, remainder whole berries
  • Fermented in small open top for 10 days
  • Gentle pump overs and hand plunging
  • 14 months maturation in French oak hogsheads
  • 25% new oak, remainder seasoned
  • Unfined and filtered prior to bottling
  • Bottled June 2022, only 255 9Le cases produced

Acidity 6.2 g/l
pH 3.58
Alc/volume 14.3 %

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