2016 Black Sage Vineyard Shiraz
Lots of dark plum, blackberries and vanilla on the nose. The palate is rich and full with flavours of blackberries, vanilla and a luscious toasty oak. The acid is balanced with very approachable tannins and a long finish.
The 2016 season began with above average temperatures causing an early bud break. This early harvest was tempered with cooler temperatures and rain in June and July. In the fall, there were warm days but the nights started to cool which helped balance the acid. Harvest started early to mid-October and the lack of damaging frost allowed the grapes to develop bold flavours and the tannins to ripen. Thus the 2016 reds are full of fruit flavour, with mouth coating tannins and great structure.
The grapes were picked at peak ripeness and were gently destemmed and fermented in stainless steel tanks. The wine was pumped over twice daily to get maximum extraction and was then pressed off after 10 days and went through Malolactic fermentation in barrels. The wine was aged for 14-16 months in a blend of French and American Oak barrels.
Food Pairing Notes
This full bodied wine stands up to big bold flavours, such as prime rib, peppercorn steak, wood-fired pizza and herbed rack of lamb, the classic Shiraz pairing.