Released October 2021
The 2018 vintage in Porepunkah was sensational.
Solid winter and spring rainfall lead into a cool start to summer, followed by a prolonged warm and dry autumn. These conditions produced good fruit set, even veraison and enabled full tannin and flavour development- resulting in structural, balanced and complete wines that are amongst some of the finest that we have made at Mayford.
The Mayford vineyard currently has 14 different clones of Shiraz planted, many of which are hard-to-come-by heritage clones. Each brings a different expression of the variety and contributes complexity and interest to the overall blend. In general terms, the new clonal plantings give perfume and fragrance- the original 26 year-old Shiraz block bringing maturity, depth and power.
Small parcels of Shiraz were selectively hand-picked over the first three weeks of March 2018 and vinified separately according to clone and harvest date. Each batch was chilled and cold soaked prior to spontaneous fermentation by indigenous yeasts. Complexity was enhanced by varying times on skins, percentages of whole berry/bunch, degrees of post ferment maceration and of course a diverse range of cooperages. Oak maturation was in French barriques for 22 months, 30% new.
Classic Mayford Shiraz, with fragrance, depth and complexity in spades.
Darkly perfumed with rich spice and succulent black fruits. Black pepper and cloves overlay a core of ripe mulberry and black cherry with lifted notes of violets and cassis.
Earthy and plush, with black brambly fruits and woody spice, the palate shows complexity and persistence without heaviness. Age worthy , cool-climate Shiraz from an outstanding vintage.
Bottled October 2020.
Bottled under screwcap.
|Dimensions||50 × 31.5 × 10 mm|
1 Case, 2 Cases, 3 Cases