McLaren Vale

Richard Hamilton Centurion Shiraz (2017)

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Country: Australia

Area: South Australia / McLaren Vale

Wine style: Red

Varietal: Shiraz

Style: Dry

Alc(%): 14.5

Producer: Richard Hamilton Wine Group

Size: 750ml

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Description

Variety: Shiraz

TASTING NOTE
COLOUR: Full bright dense red with scarlet hues
BOUQUET: The rich concentrated Shiraz nose has elements of ripe plums and raisins enhanced and complexed with vanilla and cinnamon from French oak.
PALATE: While retaining an elegance for which Centurion is renowned, the ripe, concentrated fruit has great length and persistence of flavour. Tannins are velvety, long and succulent.

FOOD SUGGESTIONS: Wine of this quality and style will match a wide range of flavours. Try it with carpaccio of beef or an eye filet cooked rare and juicy.
CELLARING POTENTIAL: This wine is designed to mature and develop to give many years of drinking pleasure. 10 years at least.

Terroir/Vinification

WINEMAKING NOTES
Each year we strive to gain even a little more perfection to making this wine. While the essential element in the making of Centurion is the critical quality selection of the fruit from the 1892 plantings, we augment the style using several techniques. All ferments are small scale - we purchased a third vat in 2017 to allow most of the components to be fermented in oak. Some even smaller ferments are hand plunged with some whole bunches to build structure and aromatics. Ultimately, maturation was in a combination of hogsheads and vats with several workings and swapping of vessels to promote longevity of the wine and enhance the palate length. On final blending in May 2018, the wine was made ready for bottling in June. 

VINTAGE CONDITIONS
2017 is noted as having a later harvest than in recent years, leading to wines of great style and finesse with good cropping levels. Above average rainfall during winter provided excellent soil moisture leading to budburst. The cooler conditions with good rainfall that continued into spring, led to delayed budburst and subsequent later veraison. March was warmer than average but the absence of heat wave conditions provided the ideal conditions to finish ripening.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Planted in 1892, the vineyard is amongst the oldest in the region, indeed in Australia. Situated at the back of the Old Hut Block, the gnarly Shiraz vines are grown in grey loams over old river clay with underlying limestone. The combination of site and old vines produces a lovely elegant yet powerful style of wine. The vineyard is hand pruned and harvested. The climate is moderate and tempered by the cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St. Vincent some 8 kilometres away

OAK TREATMENT:
French oak vats and hogsheads for 14 months. Approx. 50% new oak for 10 months, then finished off in 1-3 year old oak

TECHNICAL DATA
Region:
McLaren Vale
Vine Age: 125 years
Sugar at Picking: 13.7-14.4° Baumé
PH: 3.45
Acidity: 7.35gms/litre
Residual Sugar: 0.82 gms/litre
Malolactic: 100%
Yeast Type: Saccharomyces cerevisae

 

Accolades

James Halliday 97 Point!
Sakura Women’s Wine Awards 2019  Silver Medal!
Huon Hooke Rated 5 star 95 Point!