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Toolangi D Block Shiraz 2019

RRP: $100.00
96 Points - Mike Bennie, WBM

“Stellar Shiraz that finds a lighter and lithe feel. Sheathed in fine, silky tannins we find red berry fruit notes, white pepper, clove, faint bacon bone notes and a lifting, herbal element that echoes in the palate. It’s a quality wine performing at Olympic level with everything synchronised and just-so. Seriously good, complex and compelling drinking.”
- Mike Bennie

95 Points - Halliday Wine Companion

Tasting Notes: This shiraz flies its flag for its cool climate origin. Aromas are of plums, baking spices, violet florals, blackboard a little white pepper with a hint of curry leaves. On the palate there is liquorice, clove, plum skin and red currants. The texture is a coil of presence and power with good weight that rolls along finishing with graphite, rock, and sweet earth notes.
Winemaking Notes: Hand-picked on the 19th of March
Vinification & Elevage: Fermented as 100% whole bunches. The wine is pressed after 3 weeks on skins to French oak hogsheads for indigenous malolactic conversion, then sulphured on lees. 10 Months in oak, then racked twice prior to bottling.
Viticultural Notes: Established in 1995, Toolangi Vineyards is in the Yarra Valley adjoining the Toolangi State Forest. This single site vineyard on fine clay loam produces wines with distinctive personalities, each wine showing a strong sense of place. This Shiraz is made from low cropped and hand harvested fruit a selection of rows 24-34 of D Block, PT 23 clone on Paulsen from the original 1996 plantings representing the very best Shiraz this vineyard produces.
Optimal conditions for both flowering and fruit set in the vineyards gave well balanced yields with plenty of promise leading into the 2019 harvest. A dry January and February followed, culminating in a relatively compressed vintage, though attention to detail by in the vineyard gave winemakers wonderfully balanced fruit with concentration of flavour and exceptional natural acidity.
Varietal: Shiraz 100%
Alcohol: 13.5%
Contains sulphites. Vegan wine