White Gravels Hill Shiraz
In 2010, Best's winemaking team held back a parcel of fruit from the Hill Block vineyard, which would normally go into Bin No. 0. What would happen if this fruit was given an opportunity to shine without the distraction of other fruit? The results were superb. Unlike the wines made from older vines closer to the winery, this expression displayed more overt, pungent aromas of pepper and sweet, fragrant tannins combined with medium-bodied fruit to create a delightfully fresh and vibrant but complex variation of Great Western Shiraz.
And so the White Gravels Hill Shiraz was born, named after the geology of this vineyard, with its deposits of pebbles and cobbles of reef quartz, known as White Hills Gravel. This is a wine that is made in small quantities and is reserved for our wine club members and selected restaurants only.
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 result in fuller, more floral characters.
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.