BackVintage Label 2014 BackVintage "Block 8" McLaren Vale Shiraz

2014 BackVintage "Block 8" McLaren Vale Shiraz

2014 BackVintage "Block 8" McLaren Vale Shiraz
 
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Tasting Notes by Nick Bulleid MW
Background

Sourced as grapes from Block 8 in Connors Farm, the BackVintage team has managed this wine from picking right through to bottling. Our 2014 McLaren Vale Shiraz started its journey as 22 tonnes of B+/A- grade fruit sourced from Block 8 on Connors Farm (160 hectare vineyard) on California Rd, McLaren Vale. The grapes were fermented in Langhorne Creek and matured in McLaren Vale in Seguin French oak barrels under Mike Farmilo's watchful eye...


Nick Bulleid MW's Tasting Notes

The 2014 growing season was close to ideal, although the extremely dry and windy conditions experienced through spring followed less than average rain in winter. The heatwave experienced in January was followed by some welcome rain in mid-February. These events in isolation would normally have had major detrimental effects, but as they happened consecutively, the rain proved a relief to the vines. The subsequent mild and warm conditions and cool nights in March resulted in an orderly vintage, with steady and timely intake of ripened fruit.

The grapes were harvested on 15th March 2014, with yields at 7–9 T/ha. The grapes were de-stemmed and pumped to open fermenters, with about 20% whole berries. A one to two day cool soak was followed by pump-overs up to four times daily during peak fermentation at 28°C. The fermentation finished at approx. 22°C. The must was drained and pressed at or around dryness after 10 to 12 days on skins and settled for 24 hours before racking to oak. The wine was racked once after malolactic fermentation (MLF) before returning to oak.

The wine was matured in McLaren Vale in for 18 months in the BackVintage owned French oak hogsheads. During maturation, the wine was racked every three months to integrate the fruit and oak and produce a more complex wine.

Colour
Deep red with purple tinges.

Nose
Ripe red and black fruits, with vanilla and spice.

Structure / Palate
Full-bodied, with rich, sweet fruit flavours and well-balanced oak. Firm, even tannins. Finishes dry, with excellent length.

This wine will please lovers of reds with generosity, weight and considerable depth of flavour. It will soften and gain further complexity past 2022.

Unit Size Bottle
Bottle Size 750mL
Bottle Closure Screwcap
Alcohol 14.5%
Cellaring Potential 2022+
Serving Suggestion Flavoursome red meat dishes.
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