This well respected noble red variety originated in the Rhône Valley where it is known as Syrah. In Australia, Shiraz has become the most planted red grape, renowned for its rich, spicy, mulberry-like fl avours. The vine is strong growing with a tendency to spread. Grape bunches tend to be long; producing small to medium sized oval berries. A renowned Mitchelton specialty.
- VIC - Other Victorian
91 PTS / 4 Stars - "This reliable Victorian red is excellent value for money. Ripe blackberry, plum and dark chocolate flavours combine with toasty, smoky oak to result in a smooth, fleshy, full-bodied palate of roundness, softness and charm. Silky tannins and good length." _ Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WINE, Dec 2008
91 PTS - "Plums and dried dark berry fruits, smooth supple tannins and just enough savoury grip through the finish to get the appetite firing." - Nick Stock, Wine Business Monthly, Dec 2008
"Spicy, thick and berry laden. Great if you love a big, aromatic and flavoursome red." Alex Noon, marie claire, Dec 2008
Winery Tasting Notes
Wine Attributes: 2006 shiraz displays intense cherry, all spice, red liquorice and raspberry aromatics. A fl eshy and juicy mid-palate with hints of coffee and spice is underscored by a long velvety tannin structure. An opulent, intense and versatile wine that is wonderful drinking on its own or matched with rich, hearty dishes.
Vineyard Information: The shiraz for this wine is predominately sourced from six individual blocks on the Mitchelton estate as well as some additional vineyards in the Goulburn Valley . The soils of these Mitchelton blocks are all heavily infl uenced by the ancient courses of the Goulburn River. The three main soil types found in the Shiraz blocks are deep alluvial layers of washed sands, duplex soil of sandy loam over chunky ochre-red clays and another duplex soil of sandy loam over burnt orange clay. Vines planted on these blocks range from 12 - 35 years of age and comprise clonal material predominantly of PT23 and BVRC 12. About 50% of the vines are at least 35 years old and are own-rooted while the younger blocks have been planted on Phylloxera resistant rootstock. Shiraz is grown on a single wire VSP trellis system and vines are hand spur pruned to between 28-32 buds per vine. Vine density ranges from 1800-2000 vines per hectare. Shoot and crop thinning are carried out as required through summer, dependant on seasonal vigour variation. Typical yields are six tonne per Hectare (2-2.5 tonne per Acre).
Vintage: Steady late winter and spring rains in 2005 ensured that soil moisture levels were maintained through the early stages of the growing season. Record temperatures during January resulted in minor crop loss due to sunburn. Ripening conditions during the autumn months were dry and warm, facilitating rapid ripening and flavour accumulation.