WINES


TECHNICAL NOTES
Variety:
Shiraz
Vintage:
2010
Appellation:
Eden Valley, South Australia
Production:
100 (12 x 750ml) cases
Analysis:
PH 3.6
Residual Sugar 3.6 g/l
Total Acidity 5.7 g/l
Alcohol 14%

Tasting Notes:
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2010 Radford Eden Valley Bio-dynamically Grown Shiraz

VINEYARDS & HARVEST

The Radford vineyard is nestled high, in the Barossa Ranges (approximately 460m above sea level) at the heart of Eden Valley, South Australia.  The vineyards are set in mainly grey-brown duplex and yellow podzolic skeletal soils with many quartz ridges running through the property.  All vines are planted on own roots and are hand pruned and handpicked.   We have gone to great lengths to improve these very hungry and shallow soils by placing a layer of straw mulch under each row prior to the heat of summer to conserve moisture and encourage soil macro biological & microbiological activity.  We planted a small Shiraz vineyard in 2000 which is the source for our bio-dynamically grown Shiraz. Our commitment to sustainable agriculture has led us to adopt a bio-dynamic approach to all of our vineyards.

VINIFICATION

The grapes were picked into small bins, crushed and de-stemmed without the addition of sulphur.  Fermented in a new French puncheon – with the head knocked out and a couple of small open bins -  the Shiraz was left to ferment wild 10 days with morning and evening punch downs.  After gentle basket pressing overnight, the wine was tucked away into puncheons and older French hogsheads for 9 months before a light addition of sulphur at bottling. 

WINEMAKERS COMMENTS

After working with Bio-dynamics for a few years, we thought it time to make a bio-dynamically grown wine from this single estate grown Shiraz.  We’d planned to really let the vineyard “speak” through this wine and had a very “hands off” approach, which is much harder to achieve then conventional winemaking!  Having added no sulphur at fermentation or maturation has really highlighted the ripe red berry spectrum which is such a feature of this vineyard.  Great layers of flavours from mocha chocolate, warm spice notes & szechuan pepper follow through from the nose to the palate.  Leave this wine to breathe to fully appreciate its potential!

For more on Bio-dynamics click here.