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2014 Field of Mars Shiraz Block 1

FIELD OF MARS - Single Vineyard Range                            

Field of Mars Shiraz Block 1 2014

Variety: 100% Shiraz

Region: Pokolbin Hunter Valley

Vineyard: Keith Tulloch Field of Mars Vineyard

Vine Age: Vines planted in 1968

Tasting Note

Block 1 is the flagship of our Hermitage Road ‘Field of Mars’ vineyard. Planted with the classic Hunter Valley vine spacing and PT-23 clone, Block 1 is 0.75 hectares of low-yielding, mature Shiraz vines on deep, black clay soils. In exceptional years this terroir contributes classic Hunter Valley Shiraz elements with robust flavour and power. 

The Field of Mars Shiraz is always our gentle giant.

Colour: Deep red with a dark crimson rim.

Aroma: This Shiraz exhibits the best of old-vine Hunter Shiraz intensity, filling the glass with saturated black fruits complemented by layer upon layer of gentle richness: black cherry, liquorice, black chocolate, black pepper, and juniper. Elements of regional terrior are present too, with aromas of currant and clove adding heady intensity to the fruit darkness at first, yielding inevitably to the massive power of cassis-like richness and oak-spice opulence which builds with unstoppable momentum.

Palate: This inky fruit, plus the extract of judicious pressing, combine with beautiful oak spice for magical harmony, delivering superb balance in rolling waves of mouth-filling and steadfast persistence.

The palate is deep yet gentle, showing a velvety foundation of tannins with a slight espresso-like dryness and tongue-staining grain.

Cellaring potential: This Field of Mars Shiraz is the showpiece of our reds from the great Vintage of 2014 and will greatly reward cellaring beyond 15 years.

134 dozen made

Technical Data

Alcohol: 13.8%

pH:         3.53

TA:         7.0

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