The 2017 vintage was hailed across the north east of Victoria as the “vintage of the decade”. (Mind you, that was before the spectacular 2018 vintage came along!)
Good winter and spring rainfall restored river flows and replenished underground water systems, leading into a cool and dry summer without massive temperature extremes. The mild conditions continued into autumn, enabling grapes to ripen slowly and fully but without accumulating unduly high sugar levels.
Across the board, harvest at Mayford was three weeks later than a “normal” year, producing beautifully pure-fruited, finely structured and super elegant wines. The Shiraz was no exception.
WINEMAKING & TASTING NOTES
In the 2017 vintage the results of our extensive clonal diversification programme (which commenced in 2011) can be clearly seen. The Mayford vineyard currently has 14 different clones of Shiraz planted, many of which are hard-to-come-by heritage clones. Each brings a different expression of the variety and contributes complexity and interest to the overall blend. In general terms, the new clonal plantings give perfume and fragrance- the original 25 year-old Shiraz block bringing maturity, depth and power.
Small parcels were selectively hand-picked over the last three weeks of March 2017 and vinified separately according to clone and harvest date. Each batch was chilled and cold soaked prior to spontaneous fermentation by indigenous yeasts. With so many small ferments, no winemaker can resist the opportunity to trial and compare, thus each batch had varying times on skins, percentages of whole berry/bunch, degrees of post ferment maceration and of course a diverse range of cooperages. Oak maturation was in French barriques for 22 months, 30% new.
A beautiful and balanced example of Shiraz from a cooler climate.
Perfumed notes of spiced plums, violets, dark berries and glazed rhubarb. The palate is all dark glossy fruits; blood plum, black cherry and spice with a lick of top-quality French oak. The frame is medium, the tannins fine. Balance, elegance and persistence.
Bottled February 2019" - Mayford WinesSku: 2103