Sussex Squire – Thomas Block Shiraz – 2018

$38.00

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 10yrs +

2017 Sussex Squire Thomas Block Shiraz

pH – 3.51

TA – 6.76

Alc – 14.7%

Description

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 10yrs +

2018 Sussex Squire Thomas Block Shiraz

pH – 3.51

TA – 6.76

Alc – 14.7%

Additional information

Weight 16 kg

Reviews

Previous Vintages

2017 Thomas Block Shiraz

50% new French oak. Dry grown, organically. Clare Valley Shiraz. Cooler vintage.

It feels generous. Indeed the word plush is in order. Plums, tar, creamy-vanilla, spearmint and assorted florals. Both fleshy and fresh. I like the hit of this wine, the run, the follow-through. It’s a good red to settle in with.

Rated : 92 Points
Tasted : Jun19
Alcohol : 14%
Price : $NS
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2019 – 2025+

2016 Sussex Squire Thomas Block Shiraz

pH – 3.42

TA – 7.01

Alc – 14.5%

AWARDS

GOLD MEDAL – Australian Small Wine Makers Show Oct 2017

HALLIDAY – 93pts

REVIEW – “The Wine Front” – Campbell Mattinson 

196 dozen made. 30% new French oak. Dry grown, organically. Clare Valley Shiraz.

Spearmint and bright plum flavours bloom through the mouth. It’s tasty and inviting from the outset. Smoky, cedar-like oak is there but as a complement, and a subtle one at that. This is bright and vibrant but the fruit has darkness and depth. It’s like essence of plum. Good territory here.

Rated : 92 Points
Drink : 2018 – 2025

 

Previous Vintage Awards – 2015

SILVER MEDAL – Australian Small Winemakers Show  Oct 16 (equal 1st SA Wine in Class 54)

SILVER MEDAL – Clare Valley Regional Wine Show Oct 16 (2nd Overall in Class)

BRONZE MEDAL – Melbourne Wine Awards Oct 16

4 Stars – Winestate Magazine May/June 2017

HALLIDAY 91pts

REVIEW – “The Wine Front” – Campbell Mattinson

220 dozen made. 50% new French oak. Dry grown, organically. Clare Valley Shiraz.

Heavy hitting shiraz, wrapped in velvet. Tis goes for gold and does so in powerful style. Blackberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate, violets, coffee grounds, earth, sweet spearmint – it packs it all in. It’s a Big Red, most certainly, but it’s juicy and tannic to boot. Will Not Be Denied. If you like ’em big, you should look out for this.

Rated : 92 Points   Drink : 2017 – 2022