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2015 Cracker Barrels Shiraz Cab

93 Points - Mike Bennie - Wine Business Magazine

$55.00

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The extremely limited Cracker Barrels is the result of winemaker Richard Freebairn selecting up to 4 barrels which he considers to be of the highest quality or ‘Crackers’ each vintage.

The 2015 vintage Cracker Barrels has been selected from a single parcel of Shiraz and Cabernet from Jones Block, the barrels are 100% French with no new oak. The wine has terrific intensity and depth of flavour, supported by subtle oak which makes this powerful Shiraz with small blend of Cabernet a pleasure to drink now and well into the future.

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Variety: Shiraz | Cabernet Sauvignon
100%: Organic | Biodynamic | Vegan
Region: McLaren Vale
Colour: Deep red and purple hues
Aroma: A vibrant Cabernet Sauvignon lift of cinnamon, dark chocolate, cardamom, smoked paprika and a touch of peppermint spice
Palate: Full bodied wine with the vibrant front palate of Cabernet Sauvignon and juicy Shiraz mid palate. This wine has a sophisticated tannin structure combined with the French oak and seamless fruit profile lines to finish bold and energetic on the palate.
Drink With: Barbeuced anything
Cellaring:

A fantastic wine to drink in the next five years, however, careful cellaring of 10-30 years will be rewarded

Vintage:

2015 vintage was one of the shortest and earliest ever recorded in McLaren Vale. Until February we experienced one of the coolest and driest summers since 1980. However, February warmed up and we saw early ripening of the grapes. This early ripening, as well as long periods without rain, made for fantastic colour and intense flavours at harvest. A great year for red and white varieties.

Vinification:

The extremely limited Cracker Barrels is the result of winemaker Richard Freebairn tasting through 500+ single vineyard barrels in order to identify the four or five that are deemed to be of the highest quality; the 'Cracker Barrels' of that vintage. He's looking for the ultimate in wine and oak integration. The chosen barrels are then blended together. A single vineyard wine perhaps, or a multi-site wine made up of single vineyard barrels; the winemaker and vintage will make the ultimate decision.

Alcohol: 14.0%
pH: 3.56
TA: 6.30g/L
Total SO2: 69ppm
Winemaker: Richard Freebairn
  • 93 points - "Generous red of dark fruit and light herbal characters, highilghting clearly the personalities of both grape varieties brought together in this 'classic Australian blend'. There's some weet turned earth notes, mint and brambles and dark pepper."

    -Mike Bennie - WBM Magazine
  • Medium to deep red/purple colour. The bouquet is plummy, earthy and meaty, with an animal overtone, the palate lively and red-fruited, with mulberry nuances and soft tannins.

    -Huon Hooke - The Real Review - September 2018

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Weight 1.33 kg
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  • Our debut release of our NOW Chardonnay 2018....PF, Organic, Biodynamic range. Cheers #thewinefront #mclarenvale
  • #biodynamic farming’s most common preparation is 500 (which is cow manure in a cow horn buried over winter). We’re digging them out today in Spring and the rich and lively resulting fertiliser will be mixed into water and sprayed on our vineyards.  It activates and enhances life in our soils.
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  • #bees #biodynamics when bees are present the environment is in ecological balance. Their pollination efforts keeps the world sustained and in balance for all plant life and human food supply. Hence why it’s our mascot at #paxtonwines
  • #thejourneybegins
  • That’s our new 2018 Rosé (handpicked Grenache and Shiraz), soon to be released. And, that’s a spa - that’s right, a spa in a bar, which you can hire for an hour @reunionislandpoolclub whilst you consume our Rosé. We’ve never heard of such a phenomenon before!
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