Angove Warboys Shiraz Grenache 2014
COLOUR Crimson with some purple hues. AROMA Spice, licorice and plum from the shiraz combine with the dark forest berries of the Grenache. FLAVOUR Bright dark cherry and plum fruits, spice and a real taste of the Warboys Vineyard, this wine has soft silky tannins with great length and depth of fl avour. CELLAR POTENTIAL 2032
The picturesque Warboys Vineyard in McLaren Vale lies in a small valley where the old Shiraz vines of the south facing slope complement the Grenache on the north facing slope. The Shiraz has its roots set in deep dark loam and river wash with some underlying alluvial clays. In comparison the Grenache faces north and draws nutrients from dark loam over limestone. 2014 was a fantastic vintage in McLaren Vale. The season was mild and dry with moderate yields that ripened in early March, about 2 weeks ahead of the average. The small bunches and berries resulting in grapes with good concentration and fl avour. 2014 marked the fourth year of organic and bio-dynamic management principles at our Warboys Vineyard and we are really seeing the benefi ts of this in the colour and fl avour of the wines we are making . The weather was perfect with beautiful mild days and cool nights.
The Shiraz grapes were hand-picked and spread for triage pre-crushing into small ½ tonne fermenters, which were then placed in a cool room and chilled to between 5 and 10°C, where they stayed for 1 week macerating the skins. We were then able to co-ferment a small parcel of the Grenache with some Shiraz when it was harvested a week later. Cold Shiraz was placed in the bottom of some small fermenters and the Grenache crushed in on top. This, combined with a couple of fermenters that had whole bunches of Grenache layered on the bottom onto which were crushed more berries has added complexity to the fi nal wine. Both varieties were basket-pressed at the end of fermentation, with the press wine and free run being transferred to older French oak hogsheads and 1 year old French puncheons. Assemblage was conducted in October 2014.
Food Pairing Notes
HAVE IT WITH ... Slow cooked Lamb Shanks with roast potatoes and vegetables