PIRATHON SHIRAZ BLACK 2017
Pirathon is an ancient word for pinnacle. Shiraz is widely regarded as the pinnacle grape of
the Barossa and the north-western Barossa is the pinnacle sub-appellation for
Palate: There is no hiding the origin of this wine. Style wise its big, rich and
flavoursome. The complex flavours of blood plums, cherry cola and smoked meats
with the black olive and liquorice notes typically seen in the Northern Barossa Valley.
Oak adds sweetness and a supple texture to the ripe fruit tannins. A wine that can be
enjoyed in its youth or cellared carefully to be appreciated over
Appearance: Dark garnet with crimson hues
Aroma: Fragrant and enticing with layers of cloves, espresso and warm spice, opening
to rich black fruits with notes of plum pudding and red leather.
Barossa, South Australia
The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family
growers in the north-western Barossa districts of Hillview and De Fazio.
The 2017 growing season started off well with above average rainfall during the
winter and spring months. September saw record rainfalls over double the long term
average providing plenty of water reserves leading into summer. Temperatures
during summer were moderate allowing a cooler and longer ripening period. March
provided favourable harvesting conditions with little rainfall and above average
temperatures allowing for all fruit to be picked at optimum flavour and ripeness.
Each vineyard was harvested at optimal maturity across a 4-week period from March
14 to April 4. Following harvest, each individual lot of grapes was crushed into a
separate open top fermenter. During fermentation, hand pump-overs gently
extracted colour and flavour from the grapes. After 7-10 days on skins the fermented
grapes were pressed with a traditional press. The wines were then filled into new and
seasoned American and French oak hogsheads for maturation for eighteen months
before each lot of wine was racked from the barrel and carefully blended. The wine
was bottled without fining, ensuring the true expression of the vineyards in the
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