Canberra District

2018 Collector Reserve Shiraz

The Collective Review

The 2018 Collector Reserve Shiraz is a wine of exceptional quality that is sure to impress even the most discerning wine enthusiasts. The wine is made from mature Shiraz vines grown on elevated granitic loam sites near Murrumbateman. The growing season leading up to the 2018 harvest was generally temperate, with dry and warm weather over summer, which created near-perfect conditions for grape growing. The modest yields in 2018 produced shiraz grapes with well-ripened tannin and pristine flavours.

This wine has a deep, rich colour, and is beautifully ripe, showcasing the intensity and vibrancy of the vintage. It is a full-bodied wine with a complex array of flavours and aromas. On the palate, it offers a burst of ripe black fruits, with a hint of spice and pepper. The tannins are firm, but well-ripened, providing a smooth and elegant finish.

The 2018 Collector Reserve Shiraz is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a premium wine that is versatile and easy to pair with food. It pairs well with grilled meats, roasted vegetables, and hard cheeses. This wine shows plenty of youthful charm now, but it is also a wine that will age gracefully. It will be at its best between five to thirty years of age, making it an excellent choice for wine collectors and enthusiasts alike.

In summary, the 2018 Collector Reserve Shiraz is a wine that offers exceptional quality, elegance, and complexity. With its rich flavours and smooth finish, it is sure to impress anyone who tries it. Whether you are a wine collector or simply looking for a premium wine to enjoy with a meal, this wine is an excellent choice that you will not regret.

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Winemakers Note

The 2018 harvest season was marked by temperate weather that yielded ideal growing conditions for the Shiraz grapes. The dry and warm weather during summer was particularly beneficial, creating conditions that led to very modest yields. Despite this, the shiraz grapes that were harvested were of exceptional quality, with well-ripened tannins and pristine flavours.

The Shiraz grapes used to make this wine were grown on mature vines in elevated granitic loam sites near Murrumbateman. The use of mature vines, combined with the unique terroir of the region, contributed to the high quality of the grapes.

The grapes were carefully hand-harvested when they reached a Baumé of approximately 13. This ensured that the grapes were at their peak ripeness and ready to be transformed into wine. During fermentation, around 50% of the whole bunches were used in open fermenters, which were then worked by foot and rack/return. This traditional method of winemaking helped to bring out the full potential of the grapes, resulting in a wine that is rich in flavour and complexity.

After fermentation, the wine was matured in a mix of new and seasoned Allier and Tronçais oak barrels. The use of oak barrels adds depth and complexity to the wine, giving it a distinct character that is unique to the region. The individual parcels of wine were carefully monitored and blended to ensure that the final product was of the highest quality.

Finally, the wine was bottled in February 2019, and ready for consumption. The result is a wine that is rich and full-bodied, with a complex array of flavours and aromas. The use of traditional winemaking techniques and the unique terroir of the region have combined to produce a wine that is truly exceptional.