Region McLaren Vale, South Australia
Winemaker: Walter Clappis
Colour Deep red/purple with crimson hues
Aroma Cinnamon, nutmeg, dark berries and plum augmented by the subtle oak
Palate Smooth and soft, yet full-bodied with a juicy middle palate. Ripe tannins and integrated oak tighten the palate. Lingering dark fruit flavours remain long after swallowed.
The fruit for the Hedonist Shiraz is grown biodynamically on our own vineyard situated in the Willunga foothills, McLaren Vale. Warm Summer days are cooled by evening sea breezes from St Vincent’s Gulf, which lies a close proximity to the West. The soil is rich loam over clay with patches of underlying limestone, giving the wine a rich and fullness of pallet.
The 2010 Vintage was hot and dry through mid to late Summer allowing for small berries within intense colour and flavour, giving high levels of ripe skin tannins.
After gentle crushing, the must was pumped into traditional open fermenters with twice daily pumping over and hand plunging. Fermentation continued at up to 26 degrees Centigrade ensuring optimum extraction of long chain, soft tannins.
Approximately 25% of the wine was run off skins to complete fermentation in new French Oak. The remainder received additional maceration to extract further ripe tannins from the skins.
Finally, the wine was racked off skins into settling tanks then into new and 1 year old French Oak and American Oak for 18 months.
Age of Vines: 16 years old
Yields per acre: 1.5 Tonnes
Baume at Harvest: 14 degrees Be
Oak Treatment: 70 % new French Oak; 30% one year old American Oak for 18 months
Residual Sugar: <2g/L
Alcohol: 14.0% v/v