• 24 – 26 Medhurst Road, Gruyere, Yarra Valley, Victoria 3770

  • (03) 5964 9022

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  • Medhurst Estate Vineyard

    2014 Shiraz

    Bright and spicy perfume with lifted blackberry fruit. The 2013 Medhurst Estate Shiraz is a wonderfully soft and textured wine.
    • $40.00



    About the Range

    A pure expression of our site and the season.

    The Season

    The defining feature of the 2014 growing season was the extremely low crops. Windy and cool weather during spring disrupted flowering, causing crop levels to be less than half our usual levels. What started as a cool season in the spring got pretty hot in summer, with a January heatwave causing sugar levels across the Medhurst vineyard to race giving us our earliest start to vintage yet. Total growing season rainfall between September 2013 and April 2014 was 557mm. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were handpicked on the 8 th of April.


    The fruit from F block was “layered” with destemmed fruit on the bottom & top, and a layer of whole fruit in-between, resulting in 25% whole-bunch fermentation across two small open fermenters.

    During fermentation the fermentation was hand-plunged or pigeaged to gently extract the colour from the skins and then pressed at the completion of fermentation, with the two destemmed parcels pressed after 12 days.

    The two batches were aged separately in 100% French oak, with only two new barrels used, which had actually been “seasoned” prior to use by fermenting the Medhurst sauvignon blanc in them, reducing the impact of the new oak. After racking only once, the barrels were emptied in September 2015 and the wine was bottled October 2015.

    Tasting Notes

    Bright and spicy perfume with lifted blackberry fruit and a subtle mélange of smoked spices. Wonderfully soft and textured - the wine has the classic suppleness and generosity of shiraz with the fineness and freshness
    associated with great cool climate fruit. The flavours are fresh and lively with fine tannins and core of pure fruit.

    Best drunk over next 4-8 years with Rib-eye grilled and roasted on the bone served with root vegetables would be ideal.

    Vineyard: Medhurst Estate, Gruyere
    Block: F block
    Clone: PT23
    Soil: Mountain-derived silty grey loams, ironstone gravel
    Alcohol: 13.0
    pH: 3.66
    TA: 5.5

Medhurst Estate Vineyard