Made from rich, red berries sourced from a unique easterly-facing single vineyard in Kimbolton, our 2018 Matilda Reserve Shiraz is one of our boldest Reserves yet.
Harvested by hand in early March, the wine was aged in seasoned French barriques. Following a second racking in late 2019, the wine was transferred to one new French and two one-year-old American barriques for an additional 5 months, enhancing the vanilla-spice characteristics.
The wine was bottled on 14 May 2020. Some sediment remains in bottle as the wine was not fined or filtered.
Bottled with cork and meticulously hand labelled, this full-flavoured, fruit driven Shiraz has a spicey, white pepper lingering finish.
Region: Heathcote Sub-region: Kimbolton Vineyard: Coliban Block Clone: PT23 Planted: 1996 Altitude: 290m Density: 3m row spacing, 1.5m vine spacing Harvested: By hand on 8 March 2018 Baumé: 14.4 PH: 3.54 Yeast: EC1118 Fermented: 2000L open Aged: In oak, 55% French, 45% American, 23 months Bottled: 14 May 2020 Bottles: 840 Palate: black cherry and deep mulberry with a spicy, white pepper finish Drinking best: 2020-2028
"Inky-purple colour, the bouquet suggestive of juicy berries, red pepper and cardamom. Mouth-filling texture, rich and round, flavours of stewed plums, blackberries, vanilla and black tea. Well-integrated and velvety tannins, full-bodied and smooth finish." Amanda Yallop for The Real Review, score: 88 points (Bronze).
"Fermented in open 2000L casks, 23 months' maturation in 55/45% French/American oak. This definitely celebrates the look-at-me side of winemaking, extended time in oak front and centre. Even the ripe shiraz notes – plum pudding, blackberry jam and high spice – seems to be struggling in the wake of the oak. This wine requires a lot of down time." Jeni Port for Hallidays, score: 88 points (Bronze).