2005 Vintage

Orphan
Grampians Shiraz

Vine age: approx 6-7 years
14.5% alc.pH3.58
Total Acidity 6.9g/l
350 dozen produced – SOLD OUT

The year began with average yields and well set bunches and a mild but dry spring and early summer. Veraison sped through with significant rainfall in early February, which gave the vines some relief and some energy to metabolise, but Melbourne endured some eerily cold weather with almost apocalyptic storms. The cooler weather brought ripeness into line, even a little slow, until sugars began to shoot skywards in early April, and some growers began to get itchy picking fingers. Flavours were still missing however, and while sugars ended higher than one would ideally like, those that held their nerves were rewarded with wonderfully intense berry flavours and ripe tannins. Older vines, with established root systems and a greater ability to withstand climactic variance, fared especially well. Acid levels were moderate, but importantly, early indications from the vats and barrels show prodigious depth of fruit and balanced, ripe, fine tannins. These will be bold, intense and age worthy wines I feel. And the story? Well, 2005 also saw a 5 month wine tour of France and Italy by Anita and I, during which time our little orphan wine was left in the winery to its own devices and only an occasional topping by a winemaker friend. It thrived on the independence however, and, we think, became a fine individual indeed.