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White Gravels Hill Shiraz

In 2010, a parcel of the Hill block of Shiraz was kept separate to make something a bit different and a bit special. The Hill block, planted between 1992 and 1994 is situated above the winery at about 280m above sea level. The geology of this vineyard is made up of Palaeogene deep sandy clay loam on granite with significant deposits of well-rounded pebbles and cobbles of reef quartz known as White Hills Gravel, hence the name of the wine. It is very free draining and typically gives low yields of around 2 tonnes to the acre.

The wine made from this vineyard displays distinct differences from the wines made on the blocks closer to the winery. These older blocks are typically on more fertile, alluvial soils with less gravel than the Hill block and give fuller more floral characters. The Hill block displays more overt and pungent pepper aromas and sweet fragrant tannins combined with medium bodied fruit to create a complex ‘old world’ style.

The grapes are hand-picked, fermented in open fermenters hand plunged and basket pressed to retain the delicacy of the wine. A portion of stalks in the must adds to the texture and aroma of the finished wine. The wine goes to bottle with minimal handling and filtration after 12 months in oak.

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