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Quality cool climate wine from the Orange wine growing region in New South Wales, Australia

2011 Shiraz (12 bottle case)

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Sensational quality wine from the Orange, NSW wine growing region.

2011 Shiraz (12 bottle case)

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Bloodwood 2011 Shiraz.jpg

2011 Shiraz (12 bottle case)

384.00

Exquisitely dark cerise in colour, the bright black fruit, subtle French oak and white spice in the bouquet of this wine reveals a balanced, generously flavoured palate of racy, ripe cherries and savoury notes. Very fine grained, persistent Burgundian oak influences compliment the structure and length of this fine Bloodwood Shiraz. Careful medium term cellaring will add to your current enjoyment of this fine wine.

 

 

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Vineyard

There are two Shiraz vineyards planted on Bloodwood, the Top Shiraz and the (ahem!) Bottom Shiraz vineyard. Although they are planted to the same clone; are exactly the same age and are both trained to Scott‑Henry trellis systems, they are on two different soil types. The Top Shiraz is planted on gravelly laminated siltstone at 840metres (Cote Blonde?) while the Bottom vineyard is on darker and slightly richer altered andesitic volcaniclastic conglomerate (Cote Brune?) at 820metres. The result of all this geological geomancy is that the lean top block provides the fruit and perfume while its lowly, higher yielding brother adds a neat dash of white pepper and liquorice to balance the wine in most years. We are enormously pleased to report that both vineyards contribute equally to the “sans Viognier” component of the resultant blend.

Vintage Conditions

2011 growing season was far from perfect at Bloodwood. Better than good winter rains of 506 mm led into a spring and summer over which Noah would have felt at home. From 1st September to the 22nd April we recorded 1004 mm in, over and all about our automatic weather station rain gauge. Crucially though, the ripening period from mid-March to mid-May only accounted for 62 mm of this total. Surprisingly for such a low input vineyard in a tough year like 2011, the fruit was both abundant and clean. And the dams are full!

Winemaking

As I’ve outlined elsewhere, we believe in macro‑oxygenation during the early fermentation process here at Bloodwood. And this wine is no exception. The top vineyard fruit was hand plunged with plenty of air in an open fermenter, whilst the bottom vineyard Shiraz was treated in the usual manner. A high proportion of uncrushed berries are a constant in all our red ferments, and regular splash pumping over helps bring the tannins into shape early in the winemaking process. The wine spent 32 months in mostly older French oak hogsheads before sterile filtration and bottling in January 2014.

Wine Analysis

pH 3.46
Acidity 6.3g/l
Alc/Vol 13.0%

Tasting Notes

Bright mid-crimson in colour, the blueberry trimmed red fruit and savoury white pepper bouquet lead on to a gently balanced, fine mid-weight palate framed in restrained yet persistent French oak tannins.  Careful medium term cellaring will only add to your enjoyment of this fine wine.            

Al/Vol 13.5% 

I love a good cool climate shiraz and this one is a pearler. Blackberry and cherry aromas engulf you, and the fruit on the palate is wonderfully rich too. Take a sip and you’ll detect red currants, chocolate and soft white spice. A modern spin on a classic grape variety.

Food: Beef Stew

Value: Amazing
— Ben Malouf, Daily Telegraph 19th August 2014
Good colour for a wine rising four years of age; integrated French oak (from Burgundian coopers) has been woven through the spicy red and black cherry fruit of the bouquet, and of the supple, medium-bodied palate. Its balance and length may deceive you into treating this as a drink-now style, which in a sense it is, but it will also cellar well.

13.5% alc

Rating 94

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— Mr Halliday's Review of 2009 Shiraz