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2014 Alpha Crucis Mike Brown MV Shiraz

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Winemaker's Notes

Mike commenced his winemaking career on completing a postgraduate Oenology degree at the University of Adelaide after working in wine marketing. Mike is now winemaker for Gemtree Vineyards where his wife Melissa is responsible for the viticulture. Mike acts as a consultant winemaker to a number of wine brands in the McLaren Vale and Barossa Valley wine regions of South Australia.

Winemaking Method: Grapes were harvested, de-stemmed and crushed into a 5t open fermenter. No additions were made to the juice at this time which allowed for a spontaneous fermentation to occur. The fermentation remained on the skins for 10 days, then gently pressed into new and used French oak barriques for 18 months maturation. The wine was aged in these barrels on the original ferment lees to build texture. Racking occurred off these lees prior to bottling.

Oak: French oak barriques, one third new and two thirds 2nd use.

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2014 Alpha Crucis Mike Brown MV Shiraz

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James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
17yo vines, de-stemmed, crushed, open-fermented, wild yeast, 16 days on skins, matured in new and used French barriques for 18 months. Ticks all the boxes from the word go, the bouquet promising the balance of fruit and oak that follows on the elegant and long palate. Delivers its message without any self doubt. The most classic of the Alpha Crucis series.
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