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2016 White Chalk Shiraz
Sourced from the best blocks of our Estate that display dense, rich, classic McLaren Vale Shiraz profiles. The Shiraz that is selectively picked for the White Chalk was planted in 1998 and is clone 1654.
After good winter rainfall, Spring was warm and dry with a hot summer. Milder weather arrived in late February, providing for slow sugar integration and flavour development prior to harvest. Small batch ferments of our best Shiraz blocks from our McLaren Vale Estate give us the option to select the best barrels to highlight the best Shiraz from the vintage. Each parcel experienced a 4-5 day cold soak with 14-21 days on skins prior to basket pressing to oak barriques and hogsheads. 20 months in new and seasoned French and American oak barriques and hogsheads. (approximately 25% new oak)
93 Points - Halliday Wine Companion
"Sourced from superior blocks displaying 'classic' McLaren Vale profile: dense, thick and powerful. A 4–5 day cold soak segued to 14–21 days of maceration. Aged in French and American barriques (25% new) for 20 months. Unashamedly bold. A classicist, of a mould reminiscent of the Parkerised late 90's, yet perhaps a bit fresher. Ironically, today it tastes like an iconoclast! Black-fruit references aplenty, mocha, coffee grind, charcuterie, hoisin sauce and Asian five-spice, with a clanging punctuation of tannin to conclude. " Ned Goodwin MW