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Professional Ratings: 86 Wine Spectator
Item no. 56924
Fruit was sourced from a single vineyard in the upper reaches of Victoria's King Valley, the vines almost touch the heavens at 600 metres above sea level while their root systems burrow into the deep volcanic soils.
This site is perfect for ripening Shiraz. Crimson red with a vibrant red hue, this Fighting Flat Shiraz has lifted cinnamon and nutmeg aromas with red cherry and toasted vanillin oak in support. Forty percent of the fruit was picked early whilst exhibiting classic cool climate white pepper flavour, the balance was picked when the fruit displayed ripe jube and aniseed characters. This enabled small batch winemaking to be implemented, with the two parcels carefully pieced together at the end.
The result is an outstanding example of cool climate Shiraz. Full-bodied with a fine grained tannin structure and a sweet fleshy middle palate. Nutmeg and cinnamon fruit flavours are complimented by subtle coconut American oak. This is a wine that will reward those with patience, however, for those who can't wait, it is a perfect accompaniment to lamb shanks or mushroom risotto.