With no release in 2010, we welcome back the Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, our 28th release.
All hand picked fruit and processing started with a 4 day cold soak then 4-5 day ferment at 26 to 28C. Three tonne open fermenters were used enabling hand plunging twice per day. Pressed off and run to oak with the malolactic fermentation in barrel. For this wine 100% French oak, including 10% larger format (500L) puncheons, approximately 40% new of the total oak.
- NSW - Hunter Valley
- New South Wales
Full but clear purple-crimson; as ever, an imperious wine, its power so relaxed you might walk by without stopping to gawk; blackberry, licorice and leather are sheathed in quality oak, the tannins exceptionally fine, but perfectly balanced; '11 was a very good Hunter Valley vintage. Rating 97 - Drink to 2040, James Halliday. Australian Wine Companion 2014
There is a silky grace to the great vintages of Graveyard, and enticing aromas of spice, incense and dried rose petals. Deep and enduring structure juxtaposes its elegance and understated exotic allure. Rating 96 - Tyson Stelzer, WBM (AUG/2013)
Deep garnet-purple in colour, the 2011 Graveyard Shiraz exudes aromas of freshly crushed blackberries, red cherries and violets with hints of cedar, cinnamon stick, vanilla and Szechuan pepper. At just 13% alcohol this light to medium-bodied Shiraz offers a great intensity of flavour in a very elegant package that is
supported by medium levels of finely-grained tannins, balanced acidity and a long finish. It should age very well and drink 2015 to 2026+ Rating 94 - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, eRobertParker.com (JUL/2013)
Winery Tasting Notes
Typical Hunter Valley dry red colour with mid density and young red tints, the standard for this wine as it is never 'dense black'.
At 2 years old on release, bran meal/vanillan oak is evident with sufficient fruit to balance. Fruit characters are in the red savoury spectrum, almost cherry compote. These follow on to the medium bodied palate with plenty of sweet fruit.
Osso bucco or slow roasted lamb shoulder.
Drinking well now but will improve with further bottle age.