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Wine of the Month - 2018 Timbervines Shiraz
$500.00
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CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL SHIRAZ DAY

To celebrate international Shiraz Day on 28th of July we'd like to offer you a bonus bottle of our 2018 Aged Release Timbervines Shiraz. 

This pack includes five bottles plus your bonus bottle of Aged Release Shiraz. RRP $100*

*Offer is not valid in conjunction with Mates of Margan, Reserve Club or Magnum Club member pricing. Members are invited to purchase wines at their listed club prices or utilising the offer above at the advertised price without additional discount applied. 

2018 TIMBERVINES AGED RELEASE SHIRAZ

Our Aged Release range showcases the ageing potential of Hunter Valley Shiraz which is renowned for its unique style, elegance and capacity to age. We launched this range in 2003 as we really wanted our wine lovers to experience these wines with some extra age but know that sometimes patience runs out and the wines don’t make it until then. We decided to carefully mature these wines ourselves and then release them after five years ready to enjoy. Our aged release Shiraz is only made in limited quantities in exceptional years and is a true celebration of Hunter Valley terroir.

Tasting Notes

This wine is selected for the fruit profile and tannin structure we find in only the best of years. Freshness in youth is essential, it is the framework for longevity that we are searching for in this wine. After up to five years of careful bottle ageing in our cellar it is ready to enjoy now but will age very gracefully over the next 20 years. Dark, savoury fruit with firm but silky tannins make for a compelling shiraz that speaks volumes of our volcanic soils.

Wine Composition

pH                                                      3.47

Titratable Acidity                              7.1g/L

Alcohol                                              13.5%

Residual Sugar                                  <1g/L

Food Match

Osso Bucco with parmesan polenta and gremolata

Cellaring Potential

20 years plus

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Our Saxonvale Vineyard has 40 year old chardonnay vines planted on the volcanic soil of the Fordwich Sill. Low yielding vines with shaded canopies resulting in fruit with intense flavour and sharp natural acidity. Naturally fermented on full solids in 1-2year old puncheons, this modern Australian chardonnay shows the perfect balance of subtle oak, texture, elegant fruit, and long acidity.

 

Region Broke Fordwich, Hunter Valley

Vineyard Saxonvale Vineyard

Block  Block 2 (planted 1983)

 

Colour  Pale Lemon

Nose  White Nectarine, stonefruit, spiced vanilla

Palate  White peach, grapefruit, subtle oak influences, rich in style with sharp acidity giving line and length

 

Tasting Notes This wine has a lovely balance of complex savoury characteristics from the natural fermentation on full solids giving richness and midpalate weight to this wine. The oak sits softly around the core fruit profile of stonefruits and grapefruit.  High natural acidity contributes line and length and excellent age ability.

 

Food Match  Crispy Pork belly, Mushroom Risotto

Cellaring  5 to 10 years +

 

Winemakers Notes   The 2018 vintage was hot and dry and produced outstanding quality fruit from all varieties. This wine was fermented in 500 litre French puncheon barrels using high solids, natural yeasts and a moderated ferment temperature to achieve complex savoury aromatics. Post ferment, lees contact and batonage is used to create mid palate weight and texture. High acidity gives this wine balance and a long finish, as well as contributing to the cellaring potential of the wine.

 

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Back in the vintage of 1981 when I was working at Tyrrell’s here in the Hunter Valley I had the pleasure of working beside a young German who had come to Australia for the harvest businesses in the late nineties. In 2018 I visited Germany with my family, to travel their wine regions, and once again caught up with Ado and his wonderful family. From that meeting we decided that we needed to make some wine together! Made using German handcrafted viticulture and handpicked at optimum ripeness before being made using Australian winemaking techniques.

Vineyard

The single vineyard Trabener Würzgarten directly sits above the twin town Traben-Trarbach on the banks of the Middle Mosel. Classified in the 1897 classification as Grand Cru vineyard it has been producing outstanding wines since. The soil of this steep Mosel slope is a grey slate stone that in certain parts is highly weathered. I can vouch for the steepness of the vineyard as Lisa and I helped pick the grapes for this wine. If you didn’t hang onto the vine above with one hand and jam your bucket up against the vine you were picking you and your bucket would fall to the road below.

Winemaking

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Tasting Notes

Picked at the ideal ripeness of 12.1 % sugar and 8 g/l of acid with ripe primary fruit characters of nashi pear and a prickly acidity. The wine evolved out of fermentation with hints of ginger and lychee and ripe pineapple on the nose. The palate is balanced and structured around its strength of ripe fruit and lifted acid backbone. A small level of phenolics left in the wine has helped to strengthen the back palate of the wine. It is built to drink now and to age.

Wine Composition

Titratable Acidity                                 8.1g/L    

Alcohol                                                  12%       

Residual Sugar                                      6 g/L      

Food Match

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