2016 Pirathon Black

Pirathon Black is composed of the top grapes, oak and wine making from the Barossa Valley.

A refined premium Barossa Shiraz that is bold with powerful flavours and uplifting aromatics. 

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2016 Pirathon Black

Overview

The Pirathon Black Shiraz was introduced to Pirathon's range in 2016 as a premium reserve wine.

Grape lots were carefully selected from the 2016 intake and aged in French and American Oak barrels with no compromise on quality.

The resulting wine is finely balanced but bold and full bodied with juicy dark fruits dominating.

The Pirathon Black Shiraz is for those with a love for Shiraz who want something refined and bold to appreciate the finer details of the wine. The top grapes are picked and reserved for this truly delectable wine which makes it a cut above the typical Shiraz that will certainly make a statement.

 

Tasting Notes

Palate

Absolutely mouth-filling. Strong tannins, but fine and integrated. Plush juicy dark fruits dominate. Creamy oak is evident but in the background. Fine balanced acid giving poise. Extremely lengthy finish.

Appearance

Deep purple in colour

Aroma

Dark fruit cake, ripe plums, blueberry. Very uplifting & alluring. Also floral rose perfume. Some chocolate 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.

 Fermentation

Destemmed and crushed berry
Primary: Select Yeast. Secondary: Wild Malolactic.
Open top fermentation, 7-12 days on skins.

 Sub-Regions

Belvidere & Moppa
The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa.
Elevation approximately 300-350m.

 Barrels

50% French Oak, 50% American Oak. 
67% New 33% Used.
2 years aged in barrel.

 Varietal

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

 Bottling

200 cases produced
Unfined and unfiltered

 Harvest

7 Lots in February 2016
The best lots selected.
Average yield of 2 tonne per acre.
Sugar at harvest 14.2 - 14.8 Baume.

 When to Drink

Enjoy now or cellar for 5-15 years
15% Alcohol
Vegan friendly

  

Vintage Notes

Growing Season

Vintage 2016 was hot and dry resulting in grapes ripening earlier than average. Winter and Spring rainfall was down by 38% whilst growing season temperatures were up by 3 degrees. Some welcome rain came at the end of January refreshing the vines and giving them good moisture to ripen to maturity.

Yields from 2016 are solid and importantly quality is stunning. 2016 is certainly a star vintage with bright intense wines of great flavour intensity and inherent balance.

Vineyard

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

The grapes for the 2016 Pirathon Black were from De Fazio and Hillview vineyards. These two long term partners of Pirathon's are rich with history and produce some of the finest Shiraz in the world.

Winemaking

Each vineyard was harvested at optimum maturity across a two month period from February 12th to April 6th. 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. After 7-10 days on skins the fermented grapes were pressed with a traditional press. The wines were then filled to new and seasoned French and American oak hogsheads for maturation for 24 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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