Silken Beastie Shiraz, Barossa, 2015
Free your mind from stereotypes of the past, be
willing to give things another go and imagine the beauty and subtlety that can be borne of an otherwise hostile environment. Not afraid to do the same ourselves, it's taken a second incarnation
before we were convinced that we had captured the real beauty of the Barossa.
Though the season began well, a hard frost hit the
Barossa almost a year to the day after the last devastating frost. While many vineyards in the north west of the region were badly damaged, we escaped pretty lightly with only a mild reduction
in yield as a result. After the frost, there was a consistently good fruit which was followed by relatively cool conditions in November and December - and this pattern was only briefly
punctuated by a burst of heat over the New Year period which had people thinking back to the 14 days of plus 40 heat last year. Thankfully, January continued with cooler weather, some 2 degrees
cooler than normal. Predictions at this time seemed to suggest a normal or even late harvest. Steady, though not extreme, heat saw ripening accelerate to the extent that by the middle of February,
there was a mad rush to harvest fruit right across the Barossa. With every winery full and fruit ready to go, there were more than a few stressed winemakers and grape
The fruit for the 2015 came from 3 different sites within the Barossa, all of which fall within the Ebenezer, Kalimna and Koonunga areas. Fruit was characteristically picked on the way up rather
than the way down with a proportion hand picked and retained as whole bunches in the ferment. the remaining fruit was gently destemmed to leave whole berries before a native yeast ferment with twice
daily hand plunges to aid gentle extraction. Each component part was aged separately for 6 months prior to blending ( at which point we added a little old vine Grenache from Blewitt Springs in the
McLaren Vale) and then a further 12 months in 300l French oak, of which 30% was new. The wine was then bottled unfined and unflitered.