Sussex Squire – Thomas Block Shiraz – 2021

$40.00

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.

The fruit for the Thomas Block Shiraz comes from a 2.5acres section of our dry grown vineyard which sits on a rocky ridge line with lean soils on a north westerly aspect between 470-485m above sea level. The soil struggles to hold moisture and the vines produce small bunches and small berries in the tough growing conditions which helps produce the unique intense red and blue fruit flavour profile with grippy tannins.

Hand picked and then de-stemmed and pumped into a 5 tonne open fermenter which is hand plunged and pumped over daily to break the cap and assist with skin contact. Left on skins for 10 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 50% new and 50% old French oak barrels for 14months.

The 2021 vintage was a mild and dry vintage overall with the vines still recovering from 4 years of drought conditions that resulted in another very small vintage similar to the 2020 vintage of only 400kg/acre. The benefit of the milder conditions produced a longer ripening period and excellent flavour development in the fruit that has produced a rich and elegant wine intense red berries and blueberry with a silky tannins developing and softened with aging for 14months in 50% 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 +

2021 Sussex Squire Thomas Block Shiraz

pH – 3.44

TA – 7.02

Alc – 13.9%

Released July 2022 – Only 65 dozen produced

PREVIOUS VINTAGES

2018 Sussex Squire Thomas Block Shiraz

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+

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.

The fruit for the Thomas Block Shiraz comes from a 2.5acres section of our dry grown vineyard which sits on a rocky ridge line with lean soils on a north westerly aspect between 470-485m above sea level. The soil struggles to hold moisture and the vines produce small bunches and small berries in the tough growing conditions which helps produce the unique intense red and blue fruit flavour profile with grippy tannins.

Hand picked and then de-stemmed and pumped into a 5 tonne open fermenter which is hand plunged and pumped over daily to break the cap and assist with skin contact. Left on skins for 10 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 50% new and 50% old French oak barrels for 14months.

The 2021 vintage was a mild and dry vintage overall with the vines still recovering from 4 years of drought conditions that resulted in another very small vintage similar to the 2020 vintage of only 400kg/acre. The benefit of the milder conditions produced a longer ripening period and excellent flavour development in the fruit that has produced a rich and elegant wine intense red berries and blueberry with a silky tannins developing and softened with aging for 14months in 50% 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 +

2021 Sussex Squire Thomas Block Shiraz    – NEW RELEASE

pH – 3.69

TA – 6.89

Alc – 13.9%

Released July 2022 – Only 65 dozen produced

PREVIOUS VINTAGES

2018 Sussex Squire Thomas Block Shiraz

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+

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