Winemakers note: The 2017 Daisy Creek red is 92% shiraz and 8% cabernet and has been aged on French oak for 18 months. The full bodied palate shows ripe plum, spice and liquorice. The 2017 vintage was one of the best in the last decade with the long growing season providing a lovely balance of ripeness and acidity. As a result, while this wine is beautiful drinking now it will also reward medium to long term cellaring.
|The 2017 Dunn’s Paddock Shiraz was hand picked in late March after the best growing season we have had for several years. The fruit had lovely ripeness and acid balance and was wild yeast fermented over 2 weeks. It was then basket pressed and left to mature on French oak for nearly 2 years. The resulting wine shows lovely elegance, balance and weight. The nose is of blackberry, plum and spice with notes of cedary oak. The dark fruit and cloves flow onto the palate and the oak is well integrated with silky tannins. This shiraz will no doubt age gracefully for many years but the sweet fruit and fine tannin structure make it eminently approachable now.|
Winemakers Note: This chardonnay is has been made to showcase the wonderful complexity and depth of character of this most noble of white grape varieties. It has been wild yeast fermented and then left on yeast lees for 10 months with 50% malo-lactic fermentation on 20% new French oak. The resulting wine has delicate grapefruit and nectarine on the nose along with some nutty complexity. These flow onto the palate along with the buttery MLF characters while still maintaining the acid structure which gives the wine its length and finesse.
Winemakers Note: The pinot noir grapes for this wine were sourced from a 30 year old vineyard at Percydale, just west of Avoca. It was picked at optimum ripeness while still retaining nicely balanced acidity. The fruit was wild yeast fermented over 14 days before being gently basket pressed and aged on 20% new French oak for 12 months. The wine shows lovely dark cherry and rhubarb flavours and aromas along with the earthy, forest floor and mushroomy complexity. The tannins are very fine and are balanced with the acid structure to make a wine that has real presence and will have you coming back for a second glass.
Winemakers note: Named after my beautiful wife, ‘Rachel’s Rose’ is made from 100% Pyrenees shiraz . Whole bunch pressed and wild yeast fermented it was then carefully blended to create a wine with flavours and aromas of delicate spice, strawberries and cranberries. The wine has a clean, dry finish and suits many food styles.
Winemakers Note:This reserve wine is named in honour of my Great Grandfather who once farmed this ruggedly beautiful piece of land that is now Amherst Winery. 2016 was an exceptionally dry year in the Pyrenees resulting in a miniscule yield of outstanding quality grapes. The fruit was selectively hand picked, wild yeast fermented and then basket pressed. The wine was then left to mature on quality French oak for nearly 3 years. Dense and dark in appearance, the wine shows aromas of blueberry, dark cherry and clove. The palate is concentrated and complex with layers of dark fruits, middle eastern spices and mocha interwoven with fine grained tannins. It is a limited release of just 100 dozen and only the 4th reserve shiraz that has been produced in our 30 year history.