16 Stops Shiraz, 2020
This deep crimson Shiraz is youthful and vibrant, with a lovely dark fruit and spiced plum character. The oak supports the fruit, which is bright and lively with earthy notes of nutmeg and black pepper. The tannins are ripe and velvety.
Meet the maker: Willunga 100
Region: South Australia – Australia
Grape(s): Shiraz (100%)
14.5% ABV / 750ml / Vegetarian / Vegan
The grapes are selected from multiple sites in South Australia, with the majority coming from vineyards in the Riverland district along the Murray River. This area has two main soil types; the river valley soils consisting of sandy loams over clay subsoils, and on higher ground, wind-blown sands over lime and clay layers. The climate here sees long sunny days and noticeably cooler nights.
A small percentage of the fruit came from Currency Creek, a region on the Fleurieu Peninsula, about 80km south of Adelaide. The region is not far from the sea, so night time temperatures are not extreme and the daytime temperatures are moderated by cool breezes in the afternoons.
The wine was fermented in stainless steel static, fermenters with minimal cap management allowing soft and gentle extraction of the natural tannins from the fruit.
Following seven days on the skins, the juice was pressed to tank.
The majority was matured in tank, with a small proportion matured in French oak hogsheads for added complexity.