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

2013 Shiraz (12 bottle case)

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We (that is, Rhonda and Stephen Doyle) planted the pioneering wine grape vineyard in the Spring of 1983. These Merlot Noir vines thrived in the warm, free-draining gravels of Bloodwood. The first vintage, yielding 650 litres of exciting varietal essence, duly followed in April 1986. Over the last three decades, we have cared for and nurtured those original vines on our Griffin Road property. Today, in their maturity, they offer the best potential for the production of the highest quality, cool climate fruit which is the enduring foundation of all our Bloodwood wine styles.

2013 Shiraz (12 bottle case)

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2013 Shiraz (12 bottle case)

420.00

Bloodwood Shiraz (sans Viognier) 2013 

 

Brooding deep carmine in colour, the fleshy blueberry infused red fruit and charcuterie like white pepper bouquet lead on to a gently balanced, long mid-weight palate defined by restrained yet persistent French oak tannins.  Careful medium term cellaring will add to your enjoyment of this fine wine.     

Al/Vol 13.8%

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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 laminated siltstone at 840metres while the Bottom vineyard is on altered andesitic volcaniclastic conglomerate 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

The 2013 growing season was very strange indeed. An early budburst following a warm (for Bloodwood) and dry Winter followed on to a dry Spring and hot early summer which hurried the maturation of the fruit along. Even though we experienced  a record daily rainfall of 110 mm on 1st March, the excellent drainage and windy, warm conditions which followed over the following three weeks meant this Shiraz was picked in excxellent condition on the 20th March, exactly a month after the Pinot Noir.

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. This wine spent 30 months in mostly older French oak hogsheads before bottling unfiltered in September 2015.

Wine Analysis

pH 3.49
Acidity 5.8g/l
Alc/Vol 13.8%

Tasting Notes

Bloodwood Shiraz (sans Viognier) 2013 

 

Brooding deep carmine in colour, the fleshy blueberry infused red fruit and charcuterie like white pepper bouquet lead on to a gently balanced, long mid-weight palate defined by restrained yet persistent French oak tannins.  Careful medium term cellaring will add to your enjoyment of this fine wine.     

Al/Vol 13.8%

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 May 2015
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

Drink 2024
— Mr Halliday's Review of 2009 Shiraz
Good colour; an elegant medium-bodied wine, instantly attesting to its cool-grown origins, with supple mouthfeel to the medium-bodied palate; red fruits intermingle with black fruits, fine French oak and spice playing a positive role. Screwcap.

14% alc.

Rating 94

Drink 2017
— Mr Halliday's Review of 2007 Shiraz
Last night we tasted the 2013 Shiraz and it is amazing. Starting my tasting notes I wrote: “Could Grange be better than this??” It’s classic Bloodwood and a big statement for Orange.”
— Denis Gaston - http://denisgastin.com.au