Pirathon - 2015 Vintage

The 2015 Vintage produced excellent wines, the quality is brilliant and one of the highlights in recent years.

In this vintage Pirathon offers a range of three outstanding Barossa Valley Shiraz.

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2015 Bluemark Shiraz

Bluemark

This bold Barossa Shiraz has an inviting bouquet with aromas of ripe plum, Christmas cake, fruit compote and chocolate oak. The full-bodied palate is rich and intense with an abundance of flavour and a deep colour.

2015 Pirathon Shiraz

Pirathon

Pirathon is the classic and award winning Pirathon Shiraz. Full bodied displaying bright fruit characters contribute to this plush wine. This is an extremely balanced Shiraz with fruit, oak and tannin working together.

2016 Pirathon Black

Pirathon Limited Edition

Pirathon Limited Edition Shiraz is a unique release from the amazing 2015 vintage. This ultimate Barossa Valley Shiraz is exclusively packaged in a wooden 6-pack celebrating the amazing high standard of this Limited Edition wine.

 
  

Vintage Notes

Growing Season

Vintage 2015 produced excellent wines. It began with a wet Winter followed by a very dry growing season with less than half the average rainfall. Spring was warmer than average leading to an earlier budburst and early vintage. Summer brought average temperatures, ensuring the dry conditions were not stressful to the vines, and a slow even ripening ensued.

Quality is brilliant, certainly one of the highlights in recent years.

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.