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!
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.
We use gentle techniques to coax the best from our fruit: using either hand plunging or brief pump-overs while on skins; air-bag pressing; and maturation on fine lees at quite low temperatures in fine French oak, to maximise freshness and fruit density. Simple but effective; the way to go!