2020 Purple Hands Wines Barossa Valley Shiraz 750ml

$30.00

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Purple/Red colour leads to an enticing nose of raspberry, licorice, cracked pepper with some dried herb showing. The French oak adding a vanilla and mocha note. Quite a dense palate with good concentration, licorice and bitter dark chocolate flavours tend to dominate the palate. Firm tannins (a hallmark of the 2020 vintage due to the dry conditions and small berries) do give texture and balance to the wine. This wine comes alive when enjoyed with food. This wine can be enjoyed now but will reward cellaring over the next 10 – 15 years.

 

Current Vintage Accolades

96 pts Wine Showcase Magazine
93 pts Regan Drew (Vinonotebook)
92 pts Angus Hughson (Wine Pilot)

 

Reviews

A glossy dark red and a classic fruit driven Barossa nose of plum fruit that is laced with milk chocolate and violets, the wine is medium bodied with tannins fine and drying with unsweetened liquorice to dark plum on the mid-palate. The finish has cocoa and cedar influences to blackberry and plum fruit with good length and a long cellaring future ahead of the wine. – Patrick Eckel 93 Points



Description

Vineyard :
Stansborough Vineyard, Williamstown.

 

Viticulture:

Stansborough: The site is around 260-280m above sea level with an east west aspect. Soil consists of a shallow red clay top soil over friable red clay with bands of quartz, ironstone and shale. The vineyard was planted in 2000 with further planting in 2011 all are own rooted, clone is heritage and 1654, BVOVS5 & BVOVS10. The 2000 planted vines are spur pruned to 32-36 buds per vine, with the BVOVS clones cane pruned. The mid rows are cultivated to winter active fescue. No pesticides or herbicides are used and the vineyard has been run organically since 2018.

 

Zerk:  Planted between 1880-1890, on own roots. This 1Ha vineyard is cane pruned with clone unknown. This vineyard normally is bottled under our Planta Circa label however in 2020 we declassified this vineyard to our Purple Hands Barossa Shiraz.

 

Winemaking:

The Shiraz was picked on the 26 and 27th February 2020.

The fruit was crushed into open fermenters, one open fermenter was seeded with Melody yeast with the Zerk Shiraz left until natural yeast fermentation commenced. Temperatures were allowed to reach 28C with header boards on the Stansborough allowing gentle extraction. The Zerk Shiraz was hand plunged 3 times daily. After 8 and 9 days on skins respectively the fruit was basket pressed and transferred into 44% new French oak with balance into 1-6 year old French oak hogsheads to undergo malo-lactic fermentation.  After malo-lactic fermentation the wine was racked, blended then transferred back to the same oak and matured for another 16 months. The wine was pumped from oak in November.

 

Tasting Notes:

Purple/Red colour leads to an enticing nose of raspberry, licorice, cracked pepper with some dried herb showing. The French oak adding a vanilla and mocha note. Quite a dense palate with good concentration, licorice and bitter dark chocolate flavours tend to dominate the palate. Firm tannins (a hallmark of the 2020 vintage due to the dry conditions and small berries) do give texture and balance to the wine. This wine comes alive when enjoyed with food. This wine can be enjoyed now but will reward cellaring over the next 10 – 15 years.

 

Analysis:

Alc/vol  14.4 %  TA 5.97 g/l   pH 3.64  RS 2.4 g/l , VA 0.69 g/l

Alcohol content

14.3%

Region

Barossa

Varietal

Shiraz

Vintage

2020

Brand

Purple Hands Wines

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