2017 Pirathon Blue

The 2017 Pirathon Blue is an overachieving Barossa Valley Shiraz. A bold and consistent full bodied wine.

Bright fruits dominate and are complemented by toasty oak barrel maturation characters.

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2017 Pirathon Blue

Overview

The 2017 Pirathon Blue is an overachieving Barossa Valley Shiraz. 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.

The length is very generous and completes this very enjoyable Barossa Shiraz.
Pirathon Blue Shiraz helps in the challenge of what to pick by being a consistent, high quality and traditional Barossa Shiraz that you can rely on. For that special occasion you simply do not need to think and worry about what to choose but can rely on this for a good quality, hearty Shiraz

 

Tasting Notes

Palate

Rich and full bodied typical of Shiraz from the North Western Barossa Valley the flavours showcase ripe plums, smoked meats and a dark bitter chocolate finish. Oak plays a supporting role allowing the fruit to shine adding some malt and savouriness to the palate. Tannins are ripe providing a velvety structure helping to create a harmonious wine that will drink well upon release.

Appearance

Deep crimson red with bright hues

Aroma

Fruit aromatics are dark and brooding complemented by fragrant notes of mixed spice, cinnamon and malt.

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

86% Shiraz | 14% Cabernet
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 up to 5 years
14.8% Alcohol
Vegan friendly

  

Vintage Notes

Growing Season

The 2017 growing season started off well with above average rainfall during the winter and spring months. September saw record rainfalls over double the long-term average providing plenty of water reserves leading in to Summer. Temperatures during Summer were moderate allowing a cooler and longer ripening period. March provided favourable harvesting conditions with little rainfall and above average temperatures allowing for all fruit to be picked at optimum flavour and ripeness.

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 March 10 – April 25. 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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