2017 The Jetty Shiraz
The shiraz for this wine is from a friend’s vineyard in Donnybrook. This part of the Geographe Wine Region produces flavours with riper, red and black berry flavours, and a richness to the palate due to the warmer ripening conditions. The gravelly granitic loam soils and undulating terrain, delivers shiraz that is quite distinctive to the Donnybrook sub-region with a mix of riper blueberry and blackberry flavours, and in warmer years more cherry, raspberry jam and plum flavours.
The way we handle our shiraz ferments is very labour intensive, but the end results in terms of colour and flavour extraction is well worth the hard work. We ferment our shiraz in open topped fermenters, with alternating hand plunging, followed by draining off skins into a tank, then returning onto skins with lots of splashing and aeration, happening 2 to 3 times a day. The wine completes fermentation through to dryness on skins then it’s pressed off skins using a basket press. (Still more shovelling!)
We then mature this wine in tank with for 9 months with some French oak boards. The boards are carefully selected year to enhance and match the bold fruit flavours in the wine.
Our 2017 Jetty Shiraz has juicy flavours of blueberry, plums and cherries, savoury spices and hints of fragrant mocha and chocolate. On the palate, the red and dark berry flavours continue, balanced by soft velvety tannins. This wine is refined and elegant in style, and is made in a ‘Ready to Drink and Enjoy Now’ style, but it will age for a for a number of years too if desired.
The shiraz grapes are grown on a friend’s vineyard in Donnybrook. This area of the Geographe Wine Region consistently produces intensely flavoured shiraz that’s perfect for making a soft, fruity, textured wine .
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A blanc de blanc sparkling made from chardonnay. The secondary ferment occurs in the bottle, which is when the magic happens and those glorious fine beads of bubbles are created. Whitetail is named after the endangered Whitetail Black Cockatoos who regularly visit our farm.
2016 Une Rangee Petit Verdot
We have one row of this variety in our Whicher Ridge vineyard which we planted in 2005. Une Rangée is the French translation for One Row. Our Petit Verdot is made in ‘petit’ volumes with only 120 cases made in 2016.
Redtail is a wine which we are particularly proud of. It is a uniquely Australian sparkling wine style! Ours is a blend of Shiraz and Viognier, and we have named it after the small flocks of endangered Redtail Forest black cockatoos that visit our farm regularly during summer.