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 .
Vintage in the Geographe Wine Region started late due to the mild and cool spring weather experienced all across the southern part of Western Australia. The cooler weather continued on into Summer and the milder temperatures during ripening helped to maintain the fresh, floral and fruity aromas in the earlier white varieties. Shiraz from 2017 are quite stunning in their liveliness and intensity of flavours.
The Langley vineyard is located in the hills between Donnybrook and Kirup. The gravelly granitic deep loamy 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.
Halliday Wine Companion 2020 93 Points
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