2017 Pizzini Shiraz

Technical information
Varietal percentage: 100%
Shiraz Yield: 60 Hl/Ha
Picked: 5
th April 2017
Average brix: 25
Area harvested: 2 Ha

Our 2017 Shiraz is the result of a new winemaking style. Over the past 10 years we have been working toward creating a Shiraz style that has complexity with elegance over power, balanced fruit flavour and integrity.

Vintage 2017
This vintage we had a very wet winter and spring, winter never seemed to end. This season variation in rain meant that we had very cold soils in spring, which led to a delay in the vines bud busting. Ultimately, this means the grape harvest started a month later than usual. It was quite cool and mild during late December and early January, which lead to maximum flavour development at lower sugar levels. The coolness of the vintage conditions was perfect for producing white varieties and early ripening reds.

Whole bunches of shiraz were hand harvested and placed in the bottom of open top fermenters, which helps to create more floral characters and elegance in the wine. The remaining grapes were pumped on top and were cooled to below 10 degrees Celsius. We maintained a low temperature for 5 days allowing natural fermentation to begin before moving the tanks into the sun to warm up and adding yeast to continue fermentation. The tanks were hand plunged to encourage soft extraction of flavour and chalky silky tannins. The grapes were lightly pressed and the juice placed in barrels for 12 months before bottling.

Type of oak: Gamba French oak, Allier, French oak Remond Trancias
Oak age: 30 % new oak
Fining agent: NIL
Oak toasting: 100% medium
Filtration: Cross flow filtration

The wine
The colour is a deep brick red with violet hues. The nose is excitingly complex with red and black berries, plums, spices, cloves, violets, liquorish, earthiness and subtle sweet oak notes. The palate has lovely density, and weight. It has soft texture, length and persistence with earthy red berry flavours. This wine will age well if you resist the temptation to drink it now. Enjoy with flame grilled beef rib eye with a shiraz reduction.

Final Analysis
Alcohol: 13.8% Alc/Vol 
pH: 3.53
Bottled: September 2018 Acid: 6.1 g/L
Release: Not yet released 

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