OUR FIRST CANDIDATE FOR
RED OF THE YEAR, 2009
Chain of Ponds website notes:
"2006 GRAVE'S GATE SHIRAZ Shiraz (100 %) Grape Source: Adelaide (100%) Barossa Valley (66%), Kangaroo Island (34%) Winemaker: Greg Clack Alcohol: 14.8% Oak: 2-4 year old American barriquesAcid: 6.7 g/L pH: 3.44Residual Sugar: 4.3 g/LSulphur: 107 mg/L In the Vineyard Selected from a number of vineyards in the Barossa and one vineyard on Kangaroo Island, the wines were blended to give a resultant wine with exceptional fruit depth and complexity. In the Winery Fermentation on skins for 10 days has extracted all the rich colour and flavour from the grapes and produced a flavoursome style with soft texture. The wine was matured in primarily American Oak for 18 months and is ideal to drink now with a wide range of meat dishes including lamb, duck and gamey dishes. Colour Medium to dark plum red with slight purple/plum hue. Nose Aromas of ripe plum and blackberry are delightfully fresh and good oak spice lifts out of the glass complementing the fruit. Mocha, chocolate and vanillan characters give the wine complexity and a sweet aroma. Palate The palate is rich, displaying fruits such as plum and blackberry, good tight acidity and smooth velvety tannins complement the spicy backbone of liquorice, vanillan and cinnamon. A hint of savouriness gives the wine an extra layer of complexity. The wine has great depth and length and would prove to be the ideal accompaniment to any red meat or game dish."
Our Price: $16 per bottle by the doz