2009 Vintage

Associates
Grampians Shiraz

Vine age: approx 29 years
13.5% alc.pH3.47
Total Acidity 6.5g/l
580 dozen produced – SOLD OUT

Another Warm Year, with harvest dates almost identical to 2008. A little more rain was welcome in spring and summer, but vines were essentially struggling throughout the growing season and yields were consequently very low across all vineyards. Production this year saw slightly higher whole bunch inclusion across Garden Gully and Rice’s Vineyards. All ferments used indigenous yeasts and bacteria. We also increased the number of open, wooden ferments, supplementing our one and two-tonne polyethylene ones. All wine was raised for 12 months in French oak barriques and some hogsheads, 9% new. Rice’s vineyard was again the first picked in early March, but his time over 3 successive picks for a spectrum of ripeness. Garden Gully was very ripe with huge intensity, and Westgate Vineyard’s younger vines (12 yrs) were the best we have seen from that block. It was finished with a small percentage of wine from Henty Estate to add minerality, structure and aroma. An intense Grampians, very elemental and requiring some time to relax. The final blend comprises Rice’s Vineyard 36%, Westgate Vineyard 32%, Garden Gully 24%, and Henty Estate 8%. Bottled with very light egg white fining and no filtration

Sableux
Grampians Shiraz

Vine Age: approx 40 years
14% alc.pH3.52
Total Acidity 6.5g/l
200 dozen produced

Sableux is a new wine, originally intended to be two separate single vineyard wines from Garry Rice’s Vineyard (44%) just outside Stawell and Garden Gully vineyard (56%), my two warmest sites and those with the most sandy, light soils. Neither site cropped far above 1 tonne per acre in 2009, And both wines were excellent in their own right, but as a blend they rise to another level. Both parcels were fermented with natural yeasts in open, 500lt oak puncheons with 40% whole bunches for structure and to build aromatics. The new wines rested on gross lees until the blend was assembled after 13 months. The oak regime was 38% new French barriques from Meyrieux and Gillet coopers, the balance older barriques. It was bottled without fining or filtration. So different to Westgate, but very different terroir as well. As it should be.

Westgate Vineyard
Grampians Shiraz

Vine Age: approx 41 years
13.5% alc.pH3.48
Total Acidity 6.7g/l
200 dozen produced

My favourite vineyard in the region. Its oldest vines are now over 40yrs old. It is a much cooler site on an easterly aspect which loses the sunlight an hour or two earlier than nearby sites, delaying ripening by a week or two. This wine is very similar to the 2008 wine, both in terms of ripeness level and yield, being picked at approx. 13.3 be. Grapes were 100% destemmed and wild fermented in 500lt open oak puncheons over 19 days before resting for 14 months in French oak, approx 33% of which was new, from Francois Freres and Gillet coopers. The slightly lower new oak regime compared to 2008 has helped this wine immeasurably I think, and it is to me the most complete Westgate to date. The vineyard tends to exhibit very floral Shiraz characters and wonderful length without being heavy or hard. Again bottled without fining or filtration