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2019 Field of Mars Shiraz Block 1

FIELD OF MARS - Single Vineyard Range                            

Field of Mars Block 1 Shiraz 2019

Variety:     100% Shiraz

Region:      Pokolbin Hunter Valley

Vineyard:   Keith Tulloch Field of Mars Vineyard

Vine Age:   Vines planted in 1968

Soils:         Dark cracking clay

Tasting note

Block 1 Shiraz on Hermitage Road was planted in 1968 on 0.75 hectares of dark, fertile cracking clay soil. This terroir delivers a balanced and concentrated Hunter Valley Shiraz, with a core of dense black fruit that will allow many years of cellaring.

The black-fruit power comes through on the nose with aromas of blackberry, black-cherry and blackcurrant supported by a forest of pine-needle, gorse and hints of juniper and sandalwood.

Palate flavours echo the dark fruit elements with a black-cherry crunch, over smooth tannins that flow like espresso crema mixed with black chocolate. The fruit astringency and oak tannins work seamlessly together, finely staining the tongue with a central line of focus, elegantly grainy and positive.

A wine of magnitude that will maintain vibrancy over the long haul, to evolve and reveal the savoury classic Hunter characters from this outstanding single-block release.

Drink: now to 2040+

Limited edition - Only 160 dozen made

95 points - Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion

Technical Data

Alc: 13.8

pH:  3.52

TA:  108

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Region:     Hunter Valley

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Drink: Now to 2040+

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Variety:     100% Shiraz

Region:     Upper Hunter Valley

Vineyard:  Tawarri Vineyard 

Tasting Note

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Alcohol: 13.8%

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