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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
21.09.2006

% Alcohol
15.0%

Residual Sugar
0.9g/L

Acidity
5.8g/L

pH
3.54

Maturation
35-40% of maturation takes place in barrels with the oak type split equally between American and French

 

Mt. Monster Shiraz 2005

Tasting Notes

Deep crimson red with brilliant, purple hue. Rich, ripe black berry fruits on the nose with Satsuma plum softness and generosity. Subtle oak use adds complexity and provides the structural framework whilst allowing the primary fruit to shine through. 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

Winemaking is very traditional and labour intensive. 35-40% of maturation takes place in barrels with the oak type split equally between American and French. In good cellars, Mt Monster Shiraz can age for up to 5 years, but is best shared early with friends. This Shiraz was put together using select barrels from our family estate that best demonstrate the intensity of our fruit balanced by integrated oak.

Vintage Conditions

The 2005 summer was exceedingly cool with unseasonal rainfall in February. Fruit was under no disease pressure. The ripening continued steadily through autumn until picking in late April. As fine weather continued through the autumn the vintage came to very quick close. Varietal characters were very strong and overall assessment was extremely high.

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.

Awards
  • GOLD
    2006 Cool Climate Wine Show - class 8
  • BRONZE
    2008 New Zealand International Wine Show
  • BRONZE
    2008 NZ Liquorland Top 100
  • BRONZE
    2007 International Wine Challenge – London
  • TOP 40 BEST BUYS
    2007 Winestate Magazine