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Vineyards - The best fruit was selected from Block 2 & 3 of the Lloyd Brothers Adelaide Hills vineyard on The Range. (Kuitpo)
Geology of the Lloyd Brothers Adelaide Hills Estate - Located on the Burra Group Geology which is some of the oldest in the region: c. 750 million years. More particularly the Belair Subgroup which is laminated, grey siltstone.
Winemaking - A near perfect vintage in the Adelaide Hills in 2022. A long, slow, cool vintage lead to great flavour development at low baumes whilst retaining great acidity. One third of the fruit was handpicked for the whole bunch component with the remaining two thirds being picked using a selective harvester in the cool of night. Each block and parcel was fermented separately in 1, 2 and 5 tonne open fermenters with varying percentages of whole bunches in each ferment, averaging out around 25% wholebunch ferment. Drained and pressed prior to dryness with ferment finishing in tank or seasoned French oak hogsheads and puncheons depending on the parcel. Approximately 40% of the wine was aged in seasoned French oak for 9 months. Vegan friendly.
Tasting Note - Ruby red in colour with a lovely perfume lift and aromas of raspberry, mulberry and a touch of white pepper. Layers of red fruits, dark plum and five spice continue on the palate. A percentage of whole bunches in the open ferments has added to the lift and brightness, resulting in a delicious medium bodied Syrah.
Trophy for Best South Australia Shiraz (any Vintage) / Gold Medal 96 points - 2023 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards
Gold Medal / 96 points - 2023 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
94 Points / Top Rank - The Real Review
"Inky core to a deep purple rim. Ultra-fragrant with red berry, musk and white pepper jumping from the glass. Medium in weight with a stylish and slippery palate that shows mulberry, white pepper and crushed violets throughout. Tannins caress it long and ensure it finishes dry whilst a hit of acidity brings a freshness that furthers its appeal." Stuart Knox