2015 Karrawatta Joseph Shiraz

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Karrawatta Joseph Shiraz

VINTAGE: 2014

REGION: LANGHORNE CREEK, SA

From a small parcel of fruit harvested from old vines, emerges a wine of distinctive Shiraz style with natural balance. Our Shiraz has attractive rich red fruit characteristics

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REGION: LANGHORNE CREEK, SA Small berries, low yields and open bunches characterise the Shiraz grown on Christo’s Paddock. These old vines produce grapes with great flavour intensity and richness, which are hand-picked before being whole-bunch pressed. Once fermentation was complete the wine was pressed into a combination of new (40%) and old French oak barrels, where it matured for 18 months. Expect red and black berries, coffee and dark chocolate with a savoury edge and soft round tannins providing great structure and length. 2014 Vintage: 95 Points: Rob Geddes MW, Australia Wine Vintages 2017 95 Points: Huon Hooke, 2014 94 Points: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017  2013 Vintage: 94 points: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2016 Silver: Langhorne Creek Wine Show 2015 95 points: Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front 4 Stars: Winestate Magazine 2012 VINTAGE: 94 points: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2015   My Karrawatta ‘Burnfoot’ Vineyard is located on premium dirt, just off the Angas River, in the Langhorne Creek Wine Region. The vines were planted in 1989 into soil that does not get flooded and hence our vines tend not to be over vigorous. The soil type is a free draining thick brown loamy sand over a red brown sandy clay loam, calcareous at depth. All vines are detail hand pruned with love. Vine growth is in perfect balance, inputs are minimal and the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from these old vines is arguably some of the most beautiful from the region. This fruit is highly sort after and very few site’s can produce fruit of this quality, where berries are small and bunches are open. Only a small volume of water is applied during the growing season and with terroir of this site.

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At a local South Australian pub, a coin was flipped and it landed on tails, meaning my great great great grandfather, Joseph Gilbert, lost the bet and had to change his property name from ‘Karrawatta’ to ‘Pewsey Vale’. Joseph Gilbert made his first wine in 1847. Since then, the Gilbert family has continued to produce wine grapes and I am excited to reignite Karrawatta. We produce small batch, single vineyard wines from three diverse vineyards, one in the cool climate of the Adelaide Hills and the others in McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek. All vines are detail hand-pruned and the fruit selectively picked and whole bunch-pressed to nurture the wines from vineyard to glass.

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