2019 Pirathon Gold Label

Pirathon Gold Label Shiraz 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. 

$27.00 / bottle

2019 Pirathon Gold Label Shiraz

Overview

The Pirathon Gold Label Shiraz was introduced to Pirathon's range in 2016 as a premium reserve wine. The best grape lots were carefully selected from the 2019 intake 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. A lingering finish and defined structure mean this wine will age gracefully for many years. Benchmark Barossa Valley from what will become one of the great vintages.

The Pirathon Gold Label Shiraz is for those who want only the very best and cannot settle for anything else. Pirathon Gold Label 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

Power and poise come together to create a wine of great interest and character. Complex fruit flavours, cherry cola, sarsaparilla, blackberry and redcurrant intermingle seamlessly with the French oak flavours of char, toast and warm brown spices.

Appearance

Deep black/red, vivid hues

Aroma

Brooding dark fruits, intense aromatics of blood plums, mulberry, and quince

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

Moppa
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 Hogsheads (50% new)
18 months 

 Varietal

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

 Bottling

206 cases produced
Unfined and unfiltered

 Harvest

Harvested 11 March  
The best lots selected.
Average yield of 1 tonne per acre.
Sugar at harvest 14.8 Baume.

 When to Drink

Enjoy now or cellar for 10-15 years
14.8% Alcohol
Vegan friendly

  

Vintage Notes

Growing Season

The 2019 Growing season can be summarised as one of high quality and moderate to below average yields. Rainfall for the 2018 calendar year leading up to vintage was only 62% of the long term average.  A wet August allowed for good early spring growth but frosts in September and November combined with windy conditions during flowering impacted negatively on crop levels. January was very hot and dry with 6 days over 40 C, fortunately temperatures cooled during the harvest months of February and March whilst the dry conditions continued leading to an early and condensed harvest. 

Vineyard

The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa districts of Moppa. 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 optimal maturity. 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 and Hungarian hogshead 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 vineyard in the bottle.