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Alpha Crucis Corrina Wright MV Shiraz

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Winemaker's Notes

Corrina’s viticulture and winemaking heritage dates back six generations and some 170 years to when the Oliver family established their Taranga vineyard in the McLaren Vale. Corrina is the winemaker and Director of Oliver’s Taranga and judges at a number of wine shows including Chair of the McLaren Vale wine show.

Winemaking Method: After processing through a sorting table, de-stemmer and gentle crusher, the grape must was held at 8ºC for a cold soak for 3 days. The must was then allowed to warm up and ferment started with natural (or wild) yeast rather than a cultured yeast strain in a small 2.5 tonne open fermenter. The fermenter had the cap plunged regularly. After six days the ferment reached 1° Baumé. It was then basket pressed and put into oak. Once primary and secondary fermentation was complete, the wine was racked off gross lees before returning to barrel for ageing.

Oak: 25% New American oak hogsheads, the rest 2nd and 3rd use French oak hogsheads.

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Alpha Crucis Corrina Wright MV Shiraz

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James Halliday (2014 Vintage) says
17yo vines, de-stemmed and crushed, 3 days cold soak, open-fermented, wild yeast, basket-pressed to American (25% new) and French (used) hogheads for completion of fermentation and maturation, bottled Aug '15. Medium-bodied, it has warm scents and flavours derived in part from the fruit, and part from American oak. Very good length and a supple finish.
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