GK Fortitude Shiraz
Variety – Shiraz (clone 1654, 1127 + Magill Estate)
Alcohol – 15.0%
pH – 3.48
TA – 6.5 g/L
5 Star – Halliday Wine Companion
Shiraz grown in cool-climates such as the Adelaide Hills is beginning to establish a name for a style that displays elegance, subtle richness and savoury characters. Our vineyards are located in perfect sites for growing Shiraz in the Adelaide Hills and allows for the crafting of a wine with elegance and finesse with developed ripe characters while retaining typical cool-climate characteristics.
The 2015 Shiraz is sourced from our two vineyards located in Kenton Valley and Forreston (just North of Gumeracha). Grapes were sourced from Shed Block and Sheep Block at our Kenton Valley vineyard and Block 3 at our Forreston vineyard. Each year the low-yielding vines are shoot and bunch thinned and then picked in a manner to encourage flavour retention and colour intensity. The 2015 vintage was warm, dry, long and punctuated by a couple of short bursts of warm weather during the ripening period.
The wine was cold soaked prior to yeast inoculation and then fermented in 2 to 5 tonne fermenters for over 18 days with twice daily hand plunging and juice pump-overs prior to pressing. All pressings were combined with the free-run wine and transferred to a mix of new and older French oak wine barrels with 2015 the 1st vintage where we added the use of large format 500L puncheons.
The final wine exhibits a dark brick-red colour with purple hues on the edge. All our shiraz wines display red fruits and black pepper aromas on the nose. The palate displays a hint of savouriness, cherries, blackberries and dense fruit cake. Cool climate terroir has seen the development of fine and textured tannins which are supported by the strategic use of new and old French oak barrels. The wine is ready to drink now or will cellar well and reach its full potential in 5 to 25 years.