From Gareth & Rainbo Belton: "We are lucky to purchase Shiraz from three of the best Hills sites, all grown by friends with passion for their land. This long, cool season allowed perfect ripeness with all the cool climate traits of pepper and perfume, this is some serious wine."
Vineyards: Ngeringa (Mt Barker 33%), Murdoch Hill (Oakbank 33%) & Turnbull (Charleston 33%)
Vine age: 3-23 years
Clones: R6WV28, 1125, 1654, 470, SARDI7, BVRC12 & 2626
Aspects: East (Ngeringa), north (Murdoch Hill) & north (Turnbull)
Soils: Sandy loam over red-orange clay and sandstone.
Vinification: 20% whole cluster open top fermentation for three weeks, but the blend includes some 100% whole bunch fermentation barrels. Eight months in French oak barriques and puncheons, 10% new.
TA: 5.3 g/L