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2016 Cracker Barrels Shiraz Cabernet

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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 2016 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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87/100

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Dark, rich, complex aromas of ripe plum, tar and chocolate plus a little brambly spice and a touch of crushed herb. The palate is quite savoury with a faint saline edge.

Toni Paterson, 2019

Variety: Shiraz | Cabernet Sauvignon
100%: Organic | Biodynamic
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:

2016 was a very strong year in McLaren Vale. After 6 months without rain, we had 40mm in the first week of February. This slowed down the baumes and allowed the acidity to catch up, therefore giving the fruit fantastic flavour equilibrium. Berry numbers were high due to an even veraison, which lead to the highest quality crops and tonnages this millennium.

Vinification:

This is the final blend each year. When tasting through the barrels, we always find one that stands out. Over the past few years we have been keeping that barrel aside - whether it be a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Jones Block Shiraz or even an EJ barrel. In 2016 the blend worked as a Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon and we ended up with four Cracker Barrels!

Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.61
TA: 6.67g/L
Total SO2: 99ppm
Winemaker: Richard Freebairn
  • Dark, rich, complex aromas of ripe plum, tar and chocolate plus a little brambly spice and a touch of crushed herb. The palate is quite savoury with a faint saline edge. 87/100

    -Toni Paterson - The Real Review

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Weight 1.33 kg
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The aim of veganism is to avoid harming animals as much as possible and practicable. Due to common agricultural practices currently in use, the production of most plant products involves animals being harmed at some stage before harvest. These can be the animals harmed during clearing land for farms and factories, the animals used to produce manure, fish meal or blood and bone used as fertiliser, animals killed by pesticides and animals harmed during harvesting.

There are alternative methods of farming, such as veganics and stock-free farming, that try to address some of these issues, such as avoiding pesticides and animal fertilisers. However these are not yet used widely enough to produce food to feed a vegan world.

Currently, all major vegan certification organisations only take into account ingredients and processes used after harvest. This is done because, at the moment, it is not practicable to avoid all harm and still provide enough plant food for all.

In the future, when veganic methods of agriculture become more widespread, vegan certification schemes may be strengthened to include in their standards the principle that animal products must not be used before harvest as well.

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Vegan Australia
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  • The following statement received today from Vegan Australia is consistent with advice we received before labelling our biodynamic wines as “Vegan Friendly”. We do not use animal products in the winemaking process.

Vegan certification and harm to animals before harvest

The aim of veganism is to avoid harming animals as much as possible and practicable. Due to common agricultural practices currently in use, the production of most plant products involves animals being harmed at some stage before harvest. These can be the animals harmed during clearing land for farms and factories, the animals used to produce manure, fish meal or blood and bone used as fertiliser, animals killed by pesticides and animals harmed during harvesting.

There are alternative methods of farming, such as veganics and stock-free farming, that try to address some of these issues, such as avoiding pesticides and animal fertilisers. However these are not yet used widely enough to produce food to feed a vegan world.

Currently, all major vegan certification organisations only take into account ingredients and processes used after harvest. This is done because, at the moment, it is not practicable to avoid all harm and still provide enough plant food for all.

In the future, when veganic methods of agriculture become more widespread, vegan certification schemes may be strengthened to include in their standards the principle that animal products must not be used before harvest as well.

Greg McFarlane
Vegan Australia
  • Soaking & sealing the new 500 litre puncheons to be used in gracefully barrel aging our beloved 2019 Paxton AAA Shiraz Grenache.
  • Assistant winemaker Dwayne watches carefully as he tips the 2019 E J Shiraz berries, which have been through the destemmer, into the fermenting tank #paxtonwines #v19 #v19halliday #organic #biodynamicwine #shiraz #100yearoldvines #wineaustralia #mclarenvale #fleurieu #openfermentation
  • Owen and Nelson hard at work, carefully pitchforking the 1887 handpicked EJ Shiraz grapes into the destemmer before they are tipped into an open top fermenter. They will sit and ferment on the skins for 14 days...nothing but love here. #v19 #paxtonwines #organicwine #biodynamicwine #mclarenvale #oldvines #shiraz #EJ #wineaustralia #sawine #v19halliday
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