2018 Koonowla Shiraz

2018 Koonowla
Shiraz

Shiraz is the big player in the Clare Valley – the most planted grape variety, favoured for its richness and savoured for its vitality. Acclaimed as one of the region’s great red wines, it can offer a spectrum of styles from bold and powerful, through lively and expressive, to deep and meaningful. One thing’s for certain – it’s never short of local personality.

We source superb, sustainably grown shiraz grapes from our own three vineyards that bridge the length of the Clare Valley, one in the revered Armagh district highly prized for its deeper, darker fruit characters while the other two surrounding Auburn offer a brighter red berry note.

This blending of multiple vineyard parcels provides a complex and delicious style of shiraz unique to the Koonowla estate. In the winery we honour traditional techniques and define with detailed attention each small batch, patiently matured in French oak barrels until a distinctive balance is reached.

 

Tasting Notes

Colour

Devilishly dark

Aroma

Super complex – crushed blackberry, olive tapenade, shaved dark chocolate

Palate

A serious, dark shiraz spectrum of flavours, black plums and berries, black olive tapenade – an estate character – with a lovely spike of fresh, crushed blackberry midway. Totally integrated oak, sticky, lip-smacking structure and impressive length.

Food

Rich meat braises, charcuterie and cheeses, vegetable tagine

Technical Details

Harvested

February 26 2018

Bottled

August 2020

Closure

Screw Cap

Alcohol

14.0

pH

3.46

TA

6.9