Wines - 2014 Devote Greenock Shiraz
Shiraz, that cornerstone of the Barossa, just never disappoints. Rich and opulent, drinking one is like sliding into your favourite armchair, familiar and comforting. We are really pleased with the Shiraz from 2014. It has an abundance of all those characters we have grown to love from Australia’s most famous wine region. Packed with fruit and spicy notes, mouth-filling, balanced and long of finish, just the ticket for matching with a robust meaty dish at the dinner table or robust conversation with friends! We just can’t get enough of the stuff.
Deep red/purple in the glass with aromas of rich juicy plum and macerated black berry fruits and black cherries. There are hints of baking spice, Barossa earth, berry compote, dark chocolate, licorice, violets with lighter wafts of yellow plum, subtle spiced oak and Christmas cake flitting about further in the distance.
In the mouth it is tactile and shows pleasing richness to its form; all concentrated dark, spicy plums and blackberry coulis characters along with flavours of black cherry and kirsch. Hints of creme de cassis, roasting meats, earth, black-strap licorice, baking spice, purple floral notes, blueberry pie, spicy French oak and cherry danish. The wine displays a pleasing weight and texture on the palate, plenty of concentration and typical Barossa character without feeling heavy and over-bearing, it has a grace yet there is a sense of latent power purring below the surface. The tannins are super-fine and provide grip and structure without being overbearing and the acidity is energetic, giving the wine plenty of life as it flows across the palate, finishing long with flavours of macerated berry-fruits, earth and spice.
Naturally fermented on skins in an open fermenter for 17 days and then gently basket pressed, this small parcel of wine was then transferred to new (24%) and old (76%), American (54%) and French (46%) hogs eads for 20 months of maturing. Once matured the wine was bottled unfiltered and then spent several months maturing in bottle in our warehouse prior to release.
pH – 3.46
TA – 7.68 g/L
Alc – 13.3 %
Bottled – 4th December 2015
3150 bottles produced
Winemaker: Michael Papps
The grapes were grown on the outskirts of Greenock, home of some of the most extraordinary grapes. Vines were planted in the mid 1980’s in sandy loam topsoil over light clay. Cropped at less than 1 tonne per acre.
The vineyard was harvested on 6th March when optimum flavours and balance were achieved in the grape.
- Very Good+ - Steve Leszczynski - Qwine
Soul food. Intensely satisfying with a calming effect. You on the lounge after a long week with a glass or two of this... you get the picture.
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- 92 - Andrew Graham - Australian Wine Review
Red ruby coloured, this is all luscious raspberry concentrate, the oak a condensed milk swathe over the top.
Underneath there is a full and surprisingly robust palate with red fruit filtering through the long finish.
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- 96 - James Halliday - Wine Companion
An intensley focused, powerful full-bodied shiraz that resolutely stays within the boundaries of balance? and to stretch the point just a little? elegance.