WINES

TECHNICAL NOTES
Variety:
Mataro, Grenache, Alicante, Shiraz
Vintage:
2009
Appellation:
Eden Valley, South Australia
Production:
130 (12 x 750ml) cases
PH 3.5
Residual Sugar 2.5 g/l
Total Acidity 5.3 g/l
Alcohol 13%

Tasting Notes:
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2010 Radford Eden Valley Menagerie

VINEYARD & HARVEST

The Mataro, Grenache and Alicante component of this wine, are sourced from a small block on the Northern side of Eden Valley near the township of Keynton. The vineyard itself is rather unusual with a range of rich red earth and more shallow friable dirt interspersed with gray brown podzolic soil. Planted on the contour and taking advantage of these mixed patches of soil – each row is a smorgasboard of cultivars. Some rows are solely Mataro, others start with Grenache and finish with Alicante. For the unseasoned picker it can be a challenge, but for old hands, it’s a joy to be in this quirky vineyard.

VINIFICATION

The grapes are all handpicked into 350kg bins, keeping each variety separate. Each batch is then treated as an individual wine from the outset. Crushed, and left to ferment for 8 - 10 days with morning and evening pumpovers to extract both colour, flavour and to aerate the wine. Gently basket pressed then matured in a combination of old and new French hogheads for 18 months. The base wine is finally blended and returned to barrel for a few more months, until bottling.

Winemaker's Comments

This gem of a vineyard, although fairly young by the districts standards (10+ years) continues to amaze us with it’s ability to produce really interesting & fascinating fruit. Working closely with the grower over the past few seasons, has allowed us to have input into growing & pruning techniques to further realise the potential of this eclectic vineyard. The 2010 vintage was a stunner and particularly remarkable for excellent quality reds – an exciting prospect as these wines age. A blend of Mataro (40%), Grenache (30%) Alicante (20%) and Shiraz (10%) has created an earthy spiciness with layers of ripe red berry fruits, particularly morello cherries and hints of cedar and oriental spices.