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2014 Tawarri Shiraz

2014 Museum Tawarri Vineyard Shiraz

Variety  100% Shiraz

Region   Upper Hunter Valley

Vineyard                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Tawarri  Vineyard sits high on the Merriwa Plateau at the highest point 165km inland in an isolated position at an altitude of 420mtrs, 10km from the ridgeline of the Great Dividing Range. The climate is very continental, with surprisingly cool night temperatures, a combination that gives extraordinary ripening potential for Shiraz.

TastingNotes

This unique Hunter Shiraz has captivating aromatics, revealing concentrated layers of sweet dark fruit; cassis, blackberry liqueur, and liquorice, as well as showing new layers of espresso, chocolate, and graphite / mineral with each successive swirl. This cool-climate beauty is amazingly jam-packed with fruit and spice, yet is extraordinarily fresh and refined.

The palate flavours deliver an absolute sense of completeness: super-ripe fruit richness, wonderfully expansive mouthfeel, and finely integrated tannins. Flavours of cassis and fresh blackberry dominate and impress, with multiple layers of inky black fruit working together, giving well-muscled, powerful structure. Elegantly sweet and finely-integrated tannins flow onto the finish, again conveying the class and pedigree of this vineyard. Marvellously rich, this 2014 Shiraz is charming and approachable already, yet will greatly reward cellaring for 10+ years.

Technical Data   

  Alcohol  14.3%               

   pH        3.37

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Technical Data

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