The combination of site, vintage and clonal selection, has produced a wine which epitomises cool climate Shiraz.
A co-ferment of the Shiraz with two percent Roussanne adds lifted floral notes to the fruit perfume to the 2017 wine. The palate has flesh and structure with lovely definition. This wine will age well for at least 10 years.
2017 was a cooler summer in the Yarra Valley, however March produced the highest monthly mean temperature on record, giving perfect conditions for our later ripening varieties. Grapes were harvested 3 weeks later than 2016, with ideal ripeness and flavour balance. Yield was 7 tonnes per hectare.
The shallow soils, free drainage and high elevation of J-Block made this the perfect site for Shiraz vines. The soils include lean granite, loam and clay. North-west facing.