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All Saints Estate Shiraz 2016

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Wine and Winery Information

2016 All Saints Estate Shiraz

The Range
All Saints premium varietal wines are classic varieties, with fruit carefully selected from the best available vineyards and made to be enjoyed with family and friends. In many cases they are made in the original winery deep inside the castle using handcrafted techniques including gentle basket pressing, open fermentation and finally, quiet ageing in French and American oak.

The Wine
The 2016 vintage has deep colour and aromas of crushed red berries and dried herbs. Richly flavoured with plum, dark berry fruits and smooth mocha and spice from oak maturation, the fine structural tannins give it great length on the finish. This wine has all the hallmarks of a classic Rutherglen Shiraz.

The fruit was destemmed and crushed into our 7 tonne open fermenters. During fermentation the cap was plunged 2-3 times per day to gently extract the colour and tannin from the skins and seeds. Once ferment was complete the wine was pressed off using our 1883 hand-cranked wooden basket press. This old press is very gentle and allows us to create a very elegantly structured wine. The finished wine was matured in a combination of new and old French oak puncheons and barriques for 16 months. It was bottled in December 2017.

Shiraz is Australia’s favourite red grape and a Rutherglen treasure. We are lucky enough to have very old vines, with all the intensity and depth of flavour that they bring. Shiraz is a pleasure to work with because of the way it carries flavours and aromas specific to the region - even the vineyard block, and layers these on top of a base of rich, soft plummy fruit.

Food Matching
It is a long held truth in the Old World wine regions that the local wines and local foods go together. Australia is beginning to understand this and we are seeing many local wines well suited to local produce. A classic match is our Shiraz with a herb crusted rack of locally reared Rutherglen Lamb.

Cellaring Potential
Being full flavoured and carrying firm but fine tannins this is a wine that will repay careful cellaring. Put it away for five years or more.

Technical Information
Alcohol: 14.3%
Standard Drinks: 8.5
Volume: 750
Variety: Shiraz/Syrah
Region: Rutherglenv
Country: Australia
Closure: Screwcap

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