2014 Pirathon

This is the classic and award winning Pirathon Shiraz with the 2014 vintage being no exception.

The palate is full bodied with flavours of dark red and black fruits complimented by background toasty oak.

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2014 Pirathon

Overview

The 2014 Pirathon Shiraz is strong with deep and vibrant colour, excellent fruit definition and solid but integrated tannin structure ensuring longevity.

Like previous vintages, the grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa districts

Overall, this Shiraz is great quality with the generous length and persistent finish completing this very well balanced wine.

 

Tasting Notes

Palate

The palate is full bodied with flavours of dark red and black fruits complimented by background toasty oak. The natural tannins are mildly chalky but stylish and well integrated giving a faultless structure. A generous length and persistent finish completes this very well balanced wine.

Appearance

Dark red-black in colour

Aroma

The aroma displays a diversity of characters including dark plum, cocoa, savoury spice, Christmas cake, dried herbs, blueberry and nutty oak.

Technical Detail

 Region

Barossa Valley, South Australia.
One of Australia's oldest and most premium wine regions, famous for it's Shiraz around the world.

 Varietal

100% Shiraz
The grapes used are grown from traditional Barossa clones first introduced to the region over hundreds of years ago.

 Sub-Regions

Greenock, Moppa, Belvedere, Stonewell, Seppeltsfield, Koonunga & Ebenezer
The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa.
Elevation approximately 300-350m.

 When to Drink

Enjoy now or cellar for 5-10 years
14.5% Alcohol
Vegan friendly

  

Vintage Notes

Growing Season

Vintage 2014 was an excellent year. The wines from 2014 are strong with deep and vibrant colour, excellent fruit definition and solid but integrated tannin structure ensuring longevity for the wines. The 2014 growing season began with slightly above average Winter rainfall however Spring and early Summer were very dry with 40% less rain than normal. Temperatures were also up with the Spring/Summer growing season being an average of 2 degrees C warmer. However, this dry and warm season changed dramatically in mid February with 100mm of rain falling, the wettest February day in 45 years. This slowed the ripening of the grapes considerably and combined with average mild temperatures in March (25.7 degrees C) a steady ripening of the grapes ensued. This ensured good flavour and moderate sugar development producing outstanding quality.

Vineyard

The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa districts of Greenock, Moppa, Belvedere, Stonewell, Seppeltsfield, Koonunga and Ebenezer. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz and combined they produce the ultimate blend.

Winemaking

Following harvest, each individual lot of grapes was crushed into a separate open top fermenter. During fermentation, hand pump-overs gently extracted colour and flavour from the grapes. The fermented grapes were pressed with a traditional press. The wines were then filled to new and seasoned American, French, Russian and Hungarian oak hogsheads for maturation for eighteen months before each lot of wine was racked from the barrel and carefully blended. The wine was bottled without fining, ensuring the true expression of the vineyards in the bottle.

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