The Cunning Plan Shiraz, Langhorne Creek, 2013
The flood plains between the Angas and Bremer rivers have long been home to some of South Australia's best fruit and it is the cream of the Langhorne Creek crop that we use to craft The Cunning Plan. The region tends towards later ripening than the Barossa or McLaren Vale and this allows us to use perfectly ripe fruit at lower sugar levels which results in wines with better alcohol balance.
After ample winter rains, the 2013 season started well but minor frost events and variable ripening conditions led to reduced or only average yields. A warm Spring and Summer led to an early start to harvesting and a compressed vintage with much of it complete by the end of March. Reds are well balanced with rich, ripe fruit and well balanced tannin structure.
Winemaking is simple with The Cunning Plan. Take perfectly balanced, just ripe fruit, pick, gently crush to preserve whole berries and allow to soak for 4 days to extract colour, aroma and fruit prior to the alcoholic fermentation which extracts more pronounced tannins. Following the alcoholic fermentation, the wine is pressed off to 300 litre used French barrels where it matures for 10 months prior to bottling. The resulting wine is bursting with fruit, wonderful purity and that characteristic Langhorne Creek plush, earthy quality. Delicious.