The Old Dog, 2014 Shiraz

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The Old Dog, 2014 Shiraz
Variety Shiraz
Region Barossa Valley
Alc/Vol 13.8%
Winemaker John Harris
Colour Intense black core with a crimson red rim.
Bouquet Allow wine to breathe to fully appreciate all it has to offer; plums, redcurrant and macerated berries. There’s a hint of spice, earth, with youthful raspberries whilst liquorice adds great depth with a slight touch of oak playing a supporting role to this beautifully aromatic Shiraz.
Palate Uncompromising Shiraz that is both elegant and powerful at the same time. Initially it’s bright, with concentrated plum, blackberry and some dark cherry notes. The perfect touch of spice, liquorice, earth, violets, plus subtle hints of French oak. There is a savoury aspect to this wine on the palate with a gentle and well-balanced touch of chalky tannin on the finish. The natural fruit acidity plays a key role adding depth and giving another layer of life, which lingers on the finish.
Winemaking Exclusively sourced from the western side of the Barossa Valley, the Shiraz grapes were individually picked out from select blocks in the vineyard for their exceptional quality and picked separately to the rest of the vineyard. The grapes are then picked and delivered to the winery and gently worked through the de-stemmer before being transferred to an open fermenter. The juice is pumped over twice a day for seven days to extract, homogenize and regulate temperature before draining and being basket pressed. The skins are then gently pressed for approximately 20 hours to retrieve more of the essence of the grape. After the wine has completed its malolactic ferment, it is matured in new and seasoned French and American oak barrels for 18 months prior to bottling.
Cellaring Potential Great to drink now, but will mature and develop complexity over the medium term.
2017 Melbourne International Wine Competition
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