Vineyard: Sourced from two vineyards in Langhorne Creek, the Dolcetto is North South facing on a red brown loam while the Shiraz is East West facing on predominantly sand. The Dolcetto adds red berries, spiciness and savoury tannins while the Shiraz adds body and richness to the wine.
Winery: Both parcels were de-stemmed only to Potter Fermenter and chilled to 20 degrees, inoculated with a varietal enhancing yeast strain and allowed to stay on skins for 8 days while fermenting to 1 baume. Pressed to tank with only the Shiraz seeing some french oak. Left on lees for three months to build some texture before being blended, clarified and bottled to retain vibrancy and lifted primary fruit.
Colour: Brilliant vibrancy with intense purple hues and intense plum red colour.
Bouquet: Lifted juicy satsuma plum, blackcurrant and fresh blueberries with a hint of savoury oak.
Palate: Well balanced palate with tight acidity, intense and vibrant fresh red fruits, blueberry and plum balanced with subtle savoury notes. Velvety restrained tannins give approachability and drinkability while still giving interest and texture to the wine. Brilliant length and richness are balanced by a restrained acid backbone that gives drive and intensity to the wine.
Cellaring: Enjoy young.
Match: A great match for kangaroo fillet with a plum jus, beetroot risotto or a charcuterie board. Suitable for Vegans.
Variety: 59% Dolcetto, 41% Shiraz.
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2016 Chain of Ponds Novello Langhorne Creek Dolcetto Shiraz