2017 Pirathon Gold

Pirathon Gold is a culmination of the finest grapes, oak and wine making from the Barossa Valley.

A premium Barossa Shiraz that is rich with powerful flavours and intense aromatics. 

2017 Pirathon Gold

Overview

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

The best grape lots were carefully selected from the 2017 intake and combined with 100% French Oak barrels with no compromise on quality.

The resulting wine provides a palate of bright fruits balanced with chalky tannins which dominate in this classy, highly integrated, harmonious Barossa Shiraz.

The Pirathon Gold Shiraz is for those who want only the very best and cannot settle for anything else. Pirathon Gold provides the prestige best of the pick grapes, carefully handled and fermented in the best quality barrels with a taste and appearance that will astound you and your guests

 

Tasting Notes

Palate

Full bodied and flavoursome this concentrated wine showcases generosity but also refinement with an understated elegance in structure. Fruit is in the more exotic spectrum of boysenberry and red current with layers of cedar and warm spice. Structurally the wine is a stand out, with fine, long tannins weaving seamlessly with the fruit to create a long, rich and persistent palate.

Appearance

Deep garnet with purple hues

Aroma

An impressive array of brooding dark fruits complemented with perfumed oak aromatics of brown spice, nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom.

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

 Barrels

100% French Oak
75% New, 25% Used.
1.5 years aged in barrel.

 Varietal

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

 Bottling

200 cases produced
Unfined and unfiltered

 Harvest

2 Lots in April 2017
The best lots selected.
Average yield of 1.75 tonne per acre.
Sugar at harvest 14.8-15.4 Baume.

 When to Drink

Enjoy now or cellar for 10-15 years
15.2% 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 Hillview and Westlake. These two long term partners of Pirathon's are rich with history and produce some of the finest Shiraz in the world. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz and combined they produce the ultimate blend.

Winemaking

Each vineyard was harvested at optimal maturity across April. 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 7-12 days on skins the fermented grapes were pressed with a traditional press. The wines were then filled to new and seasoned French oak 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.