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Pindarie Wines

2014 Western Ridge Shiraz

2014 Western Ridge Shiraz
Museum Wine ~ Members Only

Clichéd but true: “Every vintage is different”.

The warmth, the rain, the sunshine - even after growing grapes and making wine for many years, the way in which nature shapes a wine never ceases to fascinate, intrigue and beguile us.

In 2014, nature was pretty kind. While an early season with one memorable burst of heat and a similarly memorable (and welcome) rain event, conditions were largely mild and crops healthy. The fruit ripened evenly and in great condition.

So, what’s the signature of ’14?

Many reds are quite ‘pretty’ - lovely colour, very fragrant, moderate weight; gentle tannins. They are not big, brooding monsters - rather, they have a certain intrinsic poise and balance that makes them lovely in their youth.

Add this seasonal framework to the unique features of Shiraz from our terra rossa soils (an extra dimension of perfume and a certain restraint) and we have a wine of great charm and appeal.

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Distinctive character, with rich palate coating textures and lots of layers and depth - this is benchmark Wine
Vineyard Notes
Produced entirely from our dirt; only 100 m to the south of our cellar door. Shiraz loves the Western Ridge’s distinctive red/brown earth overlying limestone. Our vines are now beyond childhood; beyond the difficult teenage years; they are really hitting their straps, producing fruit that we could not be happier with!
Winemaker Notes
Our various blocks are all adjacent each other, so have only subtle differences. However, we pick each at what we judge to be the perfect time; we will come back again if one section is not quite ready when another seems spot-on. We then keep each separate throughout the winemaking and maturation period, and select the best, most representative barrels for inclusion in our Western Ridge Shiraz. The ’14 shows abundant spice, a hint of earth, and powerful, sweet, plummy fruit. It’s ripe yet subtle, with a savoury core that is long and even. The hints of toast and dark chocolate come in part from fruit and in part from the fine French oak in which the wine sleeps for many months (and of which approximately 20% in new each year). Try and tease them apart - we bet you can’t! Yes, it has charm and youthful appeal - but be patient and you will still enjoy it a decade from now. It’s a promise.