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15 St Leonards Vineyard Shiraz

15 St Leonards Vineyard Shiraz

Deep in colour with aromas of crushed berries and dried herbs. Richly flavoured with sweet plum and dark fruit characters and a touch of spice to finish.

Vintage 2015
Variety Shiraz
Alcohol 14.8%
Cellaring 5-8 years
Goes Well With lamb, roast beef
  • $30.00 Bottle
    $25.50 Bronze Members
  • $180.00 Case (6)
    $153.00 Bronze Members
Not far from the mountains, where the Murray still runs deep and clear, is a great curve in the river. Planted here is our vineyard where gnarled old vines send their roots deep into the rose-coloured sandy soils. Premium wines have been made and enjoyed here at St Leonards since 1860.

An excellent example of modern Rutherglen Durif. Deeply coloured with lifted berry aromatics and a savoury rather than heavy palate which is full and surprisingly soft, but carrying the typical solid Durif tannin structure.

The full flavours and dense structured tannins will allow time to cellar and repay with careful cellaring for a decade or even more.

With its firm flavour and tannins it will complement rich winter favourites such as slow cooked lamb shanks with red wine and garlic.
The fruit was grown on the St Leonards vineyard then harvested before being destemmed and crushed at the winery. Fermented in the old open fermenters using both inoculated and wild fermentation and hand plunged. A small portion was run off for barrel fermentation with the remainder undergoing a long maceration on skins, then pressed off using our old basket press. The wine was matured for 18 months in a mix of tank and oak puncheons (15% new oak) then bottled in December 2016 with minimal fining.

Durif is such a local hero that it is sometimes called Rutherglen Durif. The variety is a cross of Peloursin and Shiraz and it prospers almost exclusively in North East Victoria. Our long, warm autumn days give the grapes plenty of time to develop their intense colour and rich flavours.

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