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Pindarie Wines

2016 Black Hinge Reserve Shiraz Cabernet

2016 Black Hinge Reserve Shiraz Cabernet
100% Estate Grown

The combination of these two noble varieties from our Schoff’s Hill single vineyard and our North Block. Shiraz vineyard are blended together to make this exceptional wine. The best of the best, handpicked, hand selected from the vineyard to the bottle.

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 classic blend combination rarely fails, and is unique to Australia. In this case we taste through our batches carefully and choose an individual barrel of each variety, that work together. The Shiraz spent its maturation period in a new French oak hogshead, which contributed the hints of toast on the nose; the Cabernet spent its entire life in a ‘second-fill’ French hogshead, which means much more subtle oak influence, greater purity of fruit, and tight tannins.