2016 Karrawatta Dairy Block Shiraz

$38.00 inc. GST

Karrawatta Dairy Block Shiraz


A small parcel of fruit from old vines, hand harvested and
whole bunch pressed. This wine is a medium bodied cool climate Shiraz style with attractive, spicy red fruit flavours, cedary oak notes, and

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Just twenty rows of low-yielding Shiraz vines were selected for this vintage of the Dairy Block, which grow next to the cellar door and enjoy the afternoon sun until late in the day. Whole bunches were hand-picked and gently pressed in order to retain vibrancy of flavour. After fermentation, the wine was aged for 18 months in 30% new and 70% old French oak barrels. This is a medium-bodied cool climate Shiraz with concentrated spice, red and black berries, cedar oak and soft tannins.   Gold Medal: Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2016 92 Points: Royal Melbourne Wine Show, 2016 4 1/2 Stars Winestate Magazine, 2015 Vintage 95 Points: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2016 Silver medal: Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2015 Gold: Boutique Wine Awards 2015 Silver: Sydney Royal Wine Show 2015 Silver: Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2014 93 points: Mike Bennie, The Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine Silver: Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2013 93 points: Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front 93 points/4  Stars: Huon Hooke  4 1/2 Stars: Winestate


Established in 1996, my Karrawatta vineyard in Meadows is one of the highest altitude premium sites in the Adelaide Hills Wine Region. The yields and vine growth are in natural balance and vines produce consistent low quantities of super premium fruit, with delicate flavours that represent the terroir of the site. The soil is uniform across the vineyard where the top soil consists of a shallow shaley loam overlying a free draining loamy clay with fragments of shale and ironstone. The altitude of the site ranges from 450€“490m where each variety has been planted to suit the sites topography to ensure super premium wine production. The Sauvignon Blanc is grown on south facing cooler slopes and Shiraz grown on the north facing warmer, less vigorous slopes. The Pinot Gris is planted at the highest point with row orientation east/west to ensure none of the fruit is exposed to the afternoon sun.

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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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