2017 Little Gem Shiraz
The number of cases of Little Gem is dictated by the vintage conditions - in 2017 only a small parcel of fruit was deemed to be of Little Gem quality. Consequently, this is a very limited release. The fruit comes from the Riverbank vineyard in the Broke-Fordwich sub-region of the Hunter Valley. In 2017 the vineyard was selectively hand-harvested on the 18th February with only the ripest bunches harvested, the remaining fruit was left to ripen for another three weeks. This attention to flavour maturity in the vineyard resulted in a stellar wine from a slightly challenging vintage. After 12 months oak maturation the best barrels were selected for the Little Gem blend. The wine was taken out of oak, blended and returned to barrels for a further 12 months ensuring a perfect integration of oak and fruit flavours.
The intensity of the fruit is apparent on the nose, with aromas of blackcurrant and spice. The palate is seamless and silky with voluptuous layers of fruit and oak flavours. Being a cooler vintage the wine is on the more elegant, medium bodied spectrum with a slightly higher acidity allowing for long term cellaring.