The Sussex Squire Thomas Block Clare Valley Shiraz is dry grown and under vine is maintained with organic principles to ensure an active microbiological environment for the vines to grow and develop their own unique characters in the fruit.
Hand picked and then de-stemmed and pumped into 3 tonne open fermenters. Hand plunged and pumped over daily to break the cap and assist with skin contact. Left on skins for 9 days before filling the basket press with skins to drain off the juice (without pressing) and pumped into tank for secondary malolactic fermentation. It was then racked off and placed into 40% new and 60% old French oak barrels for 15months.
Intense ripe fruit flavours of plum and red and black berries and a hint of blueberry, lovely herb and spice on the back palate balanced with aging for 15months in new and old French oak.
FOOD MATCH: Great with BBQ steak or roast beef on the spit.
CELLARING: Drink Now or if you can wait a little bit longer Cellar 8yrs +
2018 Sussex Squire Thomas Block Shiraz
pH – 3.51
TA – 6.76
Alc – 14.7%
THE WINE FRONT – Campbell Mattinson
40% new French oak. Clare Valley Shiraz, dry grown.
It somehow manages to be both soft and firm at once. It presents blue and red berried fruit flavours with swoons of cocoa, violets and mint. It’s both pretty and powerful. It’s hard to describe how distinctive this wine is but in any case, it’s good.
Rated : 92 Points
Tasted : Sep20
Alcohol : 14.5%
Price : $40
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2020 – 2026+