Vintage
2015
Brand
Xanadu
Title
Fortified Shiraz
Description

Dark fruits and blackberry conserve combine with the fine brandy spirit characters, threaded with hints of rich fruit cake and spice.

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Viticulture

Varietal
Shiraz (100%)
Vintage
2015
Region
Margaret River
Growing Conditions
A relatively mild, warm winter resulted in an early budburst to kick-start the growing season. This was followed by some relatively wild spring weather however with wet, windy conditions affecting fruit set and resulting in low yields across most varieties in the region. Beautiful, warm weather returned in summer which saw flavour ripening accelerate quickly, bringing about our earliest vintage on record. A lack of Marri blossom leading up to and during harvest meant bird pressure was extreme, with netting absolutely vital this season. The early start to the season ensured all of the red varieties were able to be harvested at optimum maturity offering a great opportunity to produce a fortified wine. The estate grown grapes for this wine were sourced from a single block of Shiraz directly adjacent to the winery. The fruit was harvested late in the season resulting in tremendously ripe and concentrated flavours.

Tasting Notes

Colour
Deep red with garnet hues.
Nose
Dark fruits and blackberry conserve combine with the fine brandy spirit characters, threaded with hints of rich fruit cake and spice.
Palate
The generous palate offers a tremendous concentration of ripe fruits of the forest, layered with rum-raisin chocolate and spice. These lush rich fruit characters are well integrated with the oak matured fortifying spirit and approachable tannins, giving the wine structure, complexity and length.

Winemaking

Alcohol
18%
Bottle size
500 mL
pH
3.62
Winemaking Notes
The fruit was crushed, destemmed and fermented in a static fermenter with regular pumping over to extract colour and tannin. Fortification, on skins, with 7 year old wood aged brandy spirit was done at precisely the right time to arrest the fermentation and capture the perfect balance of alcohol and sweetness. Pressing occurred soon after fortification, and this was followed by 9 month maturation in older 225 litre barriques integrating the fruit and the spirit before bottling.

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Vintage
2015
Brand
Xanadu
Title
Fortified Shiraz
$ 35.00 retail price per bottle
quantity bottle(s)
$ 35.00 total + shipping

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