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2018 Matilda Reserve Shiraz

2018 Matilda Reserve Shiraz

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Made from rich, red berries sourced from a unique easterly-facing single vineyard in Kimbolton, our 2018 Matilda Reserve Shiraz is one of our boldest Reserves yet.

Harvested by hand in early March, the wine was aged in seasoned French barriques. Following a second racking in late 2019, the wine was transferred to one new French and two one-year-old American barriques for an additional 5 months, enhancing the vanilla-spice characteristics.

The wine was bottled on 14 May 2020. Some sediment remains in bottle as the wine was not fined or filtered.

Bottled with cork and meticulously hand labelled, this full-flavoured, fruit driven Shiraz has a spicy, white pepper lingering finish.

Region: Heathcote

Sub-region: Kimbolton

Vineyard: Coliban Block

Clone: PT23

Planted: 1996

Altitude: 290m

Density: 3m row spacing, 1.5m vine spacing

Harvested: By hand on 8 March 2018

Baumé: 14.4

PH: 3.54

Yeast: EC1118

Fermented: 2000L open

Aged: In oak, 55% French, 45% American, 23 months

Bottled: 14 May 2020

Bottles: 840

Palate: black cherry and deep mulberry with a spicy, white pepper finish

Drinking best: 2020-2028

 

P • P • P • Classification: Place.

This wine is a unique depiction of our vineyard in Kimbolton, being one of the cooler regions of the Heathcote GI. A beautifully irrigated south facing block, the fruit for this Shiraz has balanced acidity with body and strength and a spicy pepper palate. Aged in French and American oak for 20 months, followed by 3 months in new American oak to enhance the vanillin sweetness of the fruit.