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 that 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 40% new French oak barrels for 12months.
The 2022 vintage was after good spring rains and then a mild and dry vintage overall with the vines enjoying mild long ripening conditions that resulted in excellent depth and intensity in the fruit that has produced a rich and elegant wine of intense red berries and blueberry with silky tannins evolving and softened with aging for 12 months in 40% 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 +
2022 Sussex Squire Thomas Block Shiraz
pH – 3.54
TA – 6.35
Alt – 14.5%
Released June 2023 – Only 165 dozen produced
SILVER MEDAL – Clare Regional Wine Show 2023
2021 Thomas Block – only 65dozen produced
A 2020 Thomas Block Shiraz was not produced due to an extremely small vintage.
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+