The Devil’s Whiskers are the two little marks that appear around the top lips of some people when they drink red wine – even just one glass.
The conditions leading up to the 2011 vintage were extremely favourable with some of the best rainfall seen for more than a decade. The summer was mild early, reminiscent of 2002 and 2004. The season’s vintage was against trend with budburst, flowering and harvest starting about 3 weeks later than average. Whilst most Australian wine regions experienced widespread rain during the summer it
was later coming to McLaren Vale. As a result we managed to bring in our premium parcels of Shiraz, Cabernet and Chardonnay early and before the rain. These parcels have produced exceptional wines.
This Shiraz was fermented in an open fermenter with heading down cap management and four cap treatments per day. The wine was gently pressed at dryness and aged for 14 months in new French oak Barriques.