2016 Tim Stevens Signature Shiraz
Elegant, rich and sensual.
VINTAGE 2016 had a cool, wet start to the season with a great lift of warmth throughout vintage. A steady ripening period with timely rain produced high quality fruit with great acid and flavour.
VARIETY Chief Winemaker Tim Stevens’ Signature wines are made in small batches from select parcels of fruit. They are bigger, bolder and ultimately more modern in style than the Huntington Estate wines. Tim developed the style in his Abercorn days, described by Huon Hooke as “…modern, with deep vivid colours, intense blackberry fruit and new French-oak aromas, bold palate flavours and generally firm tannins”. Shiraz is Tim’s signature variety, and the style is full-bodied, supple and jam-packed with fruit.
WINEMAKING Fruit was picked from Block 1 of the Huntington Estate vineyard on 02/03/16 at 15 Baumé. Cold-soaked for 2 days, followed by a week of fermentation on skins. It was then pressed off early at 2 Baumé, directly into barrels (60% new American oak) to finish fermentation and mature for 18 months before bottling in September 2017.
IN NOSE Sweet red fruit top notes with a warm base of spiced vanilla and milk chocolate.
IN MOUTH Full bodied with a supple, fresh mouth feel. A good pull of tannins with plum, cherry, and dark fruits all followed by notes of coffee and dark chocolate. A long and balanced finish rounds out a beautifully structured wine.
CELLAR until 2035+
DRINK with Venison.
Not yet submitted to critics.