2004 Vintage

Grampians Shiraz

Vine age: approx 6-7 years
13.8% alc.pH3.62
Total Acidity 7.0g/l
120 dozen produced

The growing year began well, with average yields and decent bunch sizes, and a summer that was warm but not hot. Veraison was slow and there were several rain events through the season that ensured enough soil moisture to carry the canopy of leaves through the season. It needed to – the season tailed off with cooler weather and ripening stalled on some blocks. April came and went and still the sugars didn’t want to rise, not aided by a significant caterpillar population in many vineyards (vine moth caterpillars) which fed on the vine leaves and slowed photosynthesis and ripening. Flavours were still missing too so it was a matter of sitting and waiting. Luckily, rains held off late in the season so we could wait with relative comfort, and finally by early to mid May harvest looked like happening. The vineyards included in the 2004 blend were both around 6-7 years old at the time, and therefore a little unpredictable but the subtlety and lighter, spicy flavours of one were balanced by the richer, riper flavours of another creating a blend that includes a little bit of everything from the Shiraz flavour spectrum. This wine has developed now into a lovely, balanced cool-climate shiraz from a moderate to cool year, smooth, spicy, and with a silky texture and just a faint hint of toasty vanilla from the French oak.