Cellar Door Specials 2017 Pirathon Blue Barossa Valley Shiraz

2017 Pirathon Blue Barossa Valley Shiraz

2017 Pirathon Blue Barossa Valley Shiraz
Tasting Notes by Nick Bulleid MW
Pirathon is an intriguing venture between a group of grapegrowers in the northwest of the Barossa Valley. The districts include Belvidere, Ebenezer, Greenock, Koonunga and Moppa.

Winter and Spring were quite wet, which started the 2017 growing season well. Summer weather was relatively cool, which eventually led to a long ripening period with great flavour development followed by a late vintage.

Winemaker Adam Clay, who spent 10 years making Penfold’s reds, fermented the various parcels of grapes for 7-10 days. The wines were then filled to new and seasoned French and American oak hogsheads for 24 months’ maturation before each lot of wine was racked from the barrel and carefully blended.

Colour
Deep red-garnet.

Nose
Ripe dark plums, concentrated yet refined. A hint of chocolate.

Structure / Palate
Full bodied, with weight from alcohol. Rich flavours, generous and soft, even poised. Beautiful, fine tannin balance and good length.

This is typically full and flavoursome Barossa Shiraz. The cool season has produc0ed soft rather than robust tannins, which has enhanced the wine’s immediate drinkability. It shows best with flavoursome courses and will gain further complexity beyond 2022.

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Gold Medal - Japan Wine Competition 2019

Sam Kim - Wine Orbit - 93 points
"This is splendidly fruited and inviting on the nose showing dark fruit richness together with seductive notes of anise, roasted hazelnut, cocoa and floral. The palate delivers excellent weight and fruit intensity, wonderfully complemented by silky texture and fine-grained tannins. It’s rich and generous with a lengthy delicious finish."

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Bottle Size 750ml
Bottle Closure Screwcap
Alcohol 14.8%
Cellaring Potential 2022+
Serving Suggestion Rack of lamb or casserole
Unit Size Bottle
Vegan Yes
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