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Colour
Deep crimson red with brilliant, purple hue

Bouquet
Rich, ripe black berry fruits on the nose with Satsuma plum softness and generosity

Palate
A fruit driven and focused palate, with dark chocolate, berry fruit, spices and Christmas pudding characteristics

Grape Variety
100% Shiraz

Growing Region
100% Padthaway

Date Bottled
10.09.2008

% Alcohol
14.5%

Residual Sugar
1.6g/L

Acidity
5.85g/L

pH
3.50

Maturation
7-10 days on skins to aide in the extraction of soft fleshy tannins & build wine structure. French & American oak was used sparingly to ensure maximum fruit expression is retained in the final wine.

 

Mt. Monster Shiraz 2007

Tasting Notes

Deep crimson red with brilliant, purple hue. Rich, ripe black berry fruits on the nose with Satsuma plum softness and generosity. A fruit driven and focused palate, with dark chocolate, berry fruit, spices and Christmas pudding characteristics. Fine, soft tannins complement the fruit and lingering soft finish.

Winemaking Report

Our Shiraz is fermented in static fermenters at controlled temperatures to retain the varietal aromatics. Once complete the wine is left for 7–10 days on skins to aide in the extraction of soft fleshy tannins and build wine structure. French & American oak has been used sparingly to ensure maximum fruit expression is retained in the final wine.

Vintage Conditions

The 2007 Vintage in Australia has been one of the most challenging in memory. It started with severe spring frosts, which caused some minimal damage and loss to a portion of our vineyard. Widespread drought over several years meant that soil moisture levels in many vineyards were low. Due to higher temperatures and low rainfall, the harvests of early and late varieties were compressed, leading to a compact harvest. It’s not all doom and gloom though with tiny berry formation, the fruit we processed showed great intensity and quality.

Our sole objective is to produce the best wines possible from our unique vineyard site. Planted on own rootstock and located in the Padthaway valley which is comprised of rich Terra Rosa soils our estate vineyard benefits from excellent sun exposure producing grapes of optimum flavour, colour and tannin development. The warm summer days are moderated each evening by coastal winds that cool the vines and result in a longer ripening period. This extended period allows for the grape tannins and seed to fully ripen prior to being harvested, thus creating wines that are rich and supple on the palate.

Our pursuit of great wine can also be seen in the meticulous management of our vineyard. We strive for low crop yields and small grape bunches of intense flavour, and whilst we employ the latest technology in the vineyard to help us achieve vine balance and reduced vigour, we harvest when the fruit reaches full flavour development.


Reviews
  • 2007 Mt Monster Shiraz
    Review by: Peter Forrestal , Quaff 2010
    This is from the Bryson family's vineyard in Padthaway on the Limestone Coast. It is quite restrained on the nose yet the palate is rich, concentrated and succulent with attractive velvety texture and an approachable finish that lingers.