Hunter Valley (LDR Vineyard)
There are four different heritage cuttings of shiraz planted on our LDR Vineyard. Picking and processing each parcel separately allows us to capture the history of the Hunter in the bottle. Just before this parcel went off to barrel, Mike tasted some of the juice. The vibrancy and purity of fruit stopped him in his tracks and he made the rogue decision to bottle the wine as it was, without the influence of oak.
To emphasize the bright, fresh fruit that the LDR vineyard is renowned for, this wine has been aged in the bottle instead of oak. This unique ageing process allows the natural flavours and aromas of the grapes to shine through, unencumbered by the influence of oak. The result is a wine that is bright and lively, with notes of ripe red berries and a subtle
Mike was still in school when in 1991, after five years of careful planning and soil preparation, his father Joss and grandfather Charlie planted these Shiraz vines on their Lovedale Road (LDR) property.
Planted on clay loam over friable red clay, this soil produces exceptionally bold and well-built wines.
Low yields, concentrated bunches and exceptional fruit profile were the hallmarks of the 2017 vintage. A good growing and picking season resulted in high quality fruit coming off our vineyards.
We’ve done the bottle ageing process for you in our climate-controlled cellar. You can pop this away for a little bit longer, but it is drinking superbly right now.
This 2017 LDR Vineyard Shiraz boasts crisp acidity and smooth tannins make it a versatile pairing for a wide range of foods, from grilled fish to roasted vegetables. Whether enjoyed on its own or with a meal, this bottle is sure to delight the senses and leave a lasting impression.
Michael De luliis