- Aromatic, floral spicy style of Shiraz
- From the cool-climate Hilltops region of NSW
- Dark berry fruits, violets and black pepper notes
Mcwilliam's Hilltops Shiraz (6-pack) 2013 x6
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Vibrant crimson red with purple hues
Spicy blood plums, black cherries & white pepper fruits with hints of fresh oak.
Elegant juicy red fruits and black spice with supple, savoury tannin mid palate. The palate is driven with gentle long tannins that frame the wine giving it additional supple length and ability to reward careful cellaring.
An excellent vintage with warm days & cool nights throughout the season allowing fruit to ripen to full flavour maturity with minimal disease pressure from the weather. The vines were able to ripen with minimal water stress, due to fuller soil profiles from the previous two seasons. A warm February and March will no heat spikes allowed for excellent flavour development with slower ripening. The fruit was picked in ideal conditions in mid to late March. Being harvested in the cool of the morning helps to preserve fruit integrity, once the fruit upon arrival at the winery was transferred into open top fermenters with an average of 15% whole bunches included. Following a gentle 3 day pre-fermentation cold soak the wines were inoculated with cultured yeast. Fermentation and flavour enhancement was achieved through a combination of plunging and pumping overs for a period of 12 days then gently pressed prior to being racked to barrel. The barrels used were all French oak puncheons and hogsheads with 20% new, 40% one year old and 40% two year old. Maturation in barrel for 9 months prior to be carefully blended and lightly fined in preparation for bottling.