2018 Pirathon Silver

Pirathon Silver is the classic, award winning traditional and bold Barossa Valley Shiraz which is extremely balanced with fruit, oak and tannin working together.

2018 Pirathon Silver

Overview

Pirathon Silver (previously know as Pirathon Shiraz) has won many awards throughout the years and the 2018 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

A rich and inviting palate, upfront dark fruits in the blood plum and blackberry mould meld around assertive ripe tannins. With air, savoury characters come to the fore with black olive tapenade, nutmeg and cured Barossa meats. Oak maturation is noticeable giving clear structural and textual elements with a long and expressive flavour profile that will continue to evolve with careful cellaring.

Appearance

Deep red with violet hues

Aroma

At once complex, savoury oak flavours of cloves, toast and warm spices intertwined with black fruits and a sarsaparilla like lift.

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

Moppa, Belvidere, Koonunga, Ebenezer & Light Pass
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 10 years
15% Alcohol
Vegan friendly

  

Vintage Notes

Growing Season

The 2018 Barossa Valley growing season started off well, with winter rainfall around 10% higher than average ensuring soil profiles were full. Spring saw moderate rainfall with a warmer than average October and November allowing vine canopies to grow quickly. Weather conditions allowed for good flowering and fruit set which resulted in good bunch numbers.


January and early February were hot and dry in particular night time temperatures which were well above average causing the slowing down of ripening. After February 9 the season changed to an Indian Summer with dry conditions continuing but temperatures much more moderate with only two days reaching 35 C. This led to perfect harvest conditions allowing each block to ripen slowly. Yields were down due to the small berry size, but this led to wines with amazing colour and flavour concentration.

Vineyard

The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa districts of Moppa, Belvidere, Koonunga, Ebenezer & Light Pass. 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 a peroid from early 2018 to early 2019. 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 American, French 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.

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