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.