2016 Pirathon Silver

Pirathon Silver is the classic and award winning Pirathon Shiraz which is being named Pirathon Silver in 2017 to complement the naming of the extended Pirathon range.

It is a traditional and bold Barossa Valley Shiraz which is extremely balanced with fruit, oak and tannin working together.

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2016 Pirathon Silver

Overview

Pirathon Silver (previously know as Pirathon Shiraz) has won many awards throughout the years and the 2016 vintage maintains that level of premium consistency.

Grape lots were carefully selected and aged in new and seasoned oak barrels before carefully blended.

The resulting wine is plump, rich and full-bodied. It is so generously flavoured with complex ripe dark fruits.

The Pirathon Silver Shiraz is for those who want to enjoy a Shiraz in an intimate or higher profile occasion where something reliable but with a wow factor is in order. Pirathon Silver is the solution to the challenge of getting wow factor for a reasonable price with an award winning wine with a mid-range price.

 

Tasting Notes

Palate

The palate is plump, rich and full-bodied. It is so generously flavoured with complex ripe dark fruits. This intense fruit is supported by apparent but not intrusive oak, adding further complexity and richness. There are natural fine chalky tannins giving the wine a robust structure. It is seamless with all elements in perfect harmony. A very lengthy finish completes this solid wine. This is an extremely balanced Shiraz with fruit, oak and tannin working together.

Appearance

Intense deep magenta-black with purple hues

Aroma

Very lifted with complex and classic Barossa notes of fruit cake, dark plum, chocolate and blackberry along with toasty oak and a hint of clove spice

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, Belvidere, 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 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 Greenock, Moppa, Belvidere, Koonunga & Ebenezer. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz and combined they produce the ultimate blend.

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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