2006 Vincenzo Old Vines Mataro (Mourvedre Fr.) Shiraz

This is the third release under the Silver Wings label from fruit sourced from the late Vincenzo Conte’s old block in the Shepparton area of Central Victoria. The vineyard consists of plantings from the early nineteen sixties approx. 60% Mourvedre and the balance Shiraz and the gnarled, fully mature vines show a natural suitability to the rugged soils and warm climate. This deep and earthy wine from extended skin contact and oak maturation, shows the benefits of blending both varieties as done in Southern France and the Rhone Valley. It offers spicy rich fruit overlaying deep tannic complexities, which will develop and improve for many years to come.

Harvest: Yield: 20hl/hectare (1.4t/acre).

Shiraz: Crushed 9th March 2006, pressed off skins on 20th March 2006 and racked to a mix of 2 y.o. American and new French oak Hogs Heads.

Mourvedre: Crushed 25th March 2006, most pressed off skins 9th April 2006 with extended skin contact for the remainder, racked to mainly new French and Hungarian oak barriques and Hogs Heads until racking and blending with the Shiraz on 30th December 2007. Total time in oak 25 months. Minimal filtration and bottling with DIAM seals on 17th May 2008.

Analysis: Alc.14 % vol., pH 3.48, T/a 7.1 g/lt.

Colour: Deep burgundy with crimson edges.

Bouquet: Vibrant red berry, bramble and hints of aniseed mix with fine tannins underpinned with elegant oak characters and earthy complexities.

Palate: Concentrated berry fruits with hints of aniseed are mixed with an earthiness that compliments the brooding fruit. This tightly structured wine gives a concentration of mouth filling, spicy fruit characters which are balanced by fine drying tannins in the European tradition, creating an excellent length of finish. A great food wine now this is destined to improve for many years if cellared correctly.

Awards:

92 points (Silver Medal) – Huon Hooke ratings Oct 2014
Trophy for best blended wine – Victorian Showcase 2009.
Silver Medal – 2009 Australian Small Winemakers Show.