Two Roads Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2017
In every life, there are times when decisions are made that profoundly impact on your future. During wistful moments, it's only natural to wonder what might have been, had we taken the road less travelled.
Every year, we have a tough decision to make when tasting through our best barrels. Two Roads Shiraz represents one side of the story, the other fork in the road.
The season began well with good winter rains followed by a dry spring which resulted in consistently good fruit set. November and December were cool 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 McLaren Vale and Barossa. With every winery full and fruit ready to go, there were more than a few stressed winemakers and grape growers.
The grapes are sourced from a number of our best growers in the north west of the Barossa Valley. Hand-picked, "on the way up" to total ripeness and then we give it a gentle cold soak before partial whole bunch fermentation and pressing.
Ageing is done in 300 & 500 litre barrels, predominantly French and only ever about 25% new to allow the fruit rather than the oak to dominate.
The result is a wine that is multi-layered, textural and subtly fruited. Structured without being monolithic, tight, perfumed, effortlessly drinkable.