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Pindarie Wines

2015 Black Hinge Reserve Shiraz Cabernet

2015 Black Hinge Reserve Shiraz Cabernet
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How often do we hear "The best of both worlds"? In this case it's true - we take the flesh, the spice, the berry fruit, the generosity of Shiraz; and team it with the structure, coolness, red fruits and savoury herbs of Cabernet.

Who wins? Shiraz was once described to me as a 'blend partner' as the ugly cousin in the family photo - you just can't help seeing it. But despite the fact that it's 50% of this wine, and is genuinely generous and exuberant, the Cabernet is keeping it in its 'proper place' : in harmony.

The result of this judicious blend is a wine more approachable in its youth than either of the two would be as a single variety, but with the potential to age that Cabernet (in particular) brings to the table.

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Wine Specs
Shiraz / Cabernet
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James Halliday
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Entirely produced from vines grown at Pindarie. The Black Hinge Shiraz is selected from the oldest block, known to us as "North Shiraz long rows", grown on red brown earth overlying limestone. The Cabernet is immediately to the north of our house on the western flanks of Schoff's Hill; again on lovely red earth.
Winemaker Notes
This wine is the result of extensive tastings of individual barrels, with the ultimate choice being the one of each that worked best together. The Shiraz was aged first in a new French oak hogshead, which was then racked into a two year old to keep those lovely toasty elements. The Cabernet spent its entire life in older French oak, to keep it fresh, tight and structural. A marriage made in heaven - and unique to Australia.