2014 Glenguin Estate Schoolhouse Block Shiraz
The Schoolhouse Block slopes to the north east and the cuttings for the blockwere taken from the oldest ‘Busby’ shiraz vines in the Hunter. Lower thanexpected yields in 2014 of 1.25 tonnes per acre. 10 days on skins, 40% wholebunch ferment with maturation in large French oak barrels for 12 months withfurther bottle aging prior to release. A stunning wine in a stunning vintage. Will reward with greater complexity over the next decade or longer.
“Both the bouquet and palate have complex elements deriving from the very high (for the Hunter Valley) whole bunch component, but shares the medium-bodied freshness of its siblings” 97 points, to 2044, 2017 James Halliday Wine Companion
“If you’re hunting sweet fruit flavour you’ll definitely find it here but then, there’s a whole lot else going on besides”, 94 points, to 2029+, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
Glenguin Vineyard was first planted in the 1980s with an average vine age now over 25 years and each wine comes from a small individual vineyard block on the property. Organic and biodynamic farming principles are followed at Glenguin where things are still done by hand from planting through vine training to pruning and handpicking at vintage.
The shiraz and semillon vines at Glenguin are directly descended from James Busby’s original planting at Kirkton in the 1820s. They are planted on their own roots on a unique combination of a raised gravel bench for shiraz with sandy loam over red basalt for Semillon.
The name Glenguin comes from the original Scots Gaelic name of the Highland distillery now called “Glengoyne” (since 1909). Robin Tedder, Australia’s 7th Master of Wine, is the third Baron of Glenguin and grandson of Arthur Tedder the First Baron Marshal of the RAF and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in WW2. Arthur was born on the distillery property in 1890 and the Tedder family continues the association with great drinks through the vineyards at Glenguin in Australia’s oldest wine region, the Hunter Valley.
Glenguin wines have won major Trophies including NSW and Boutique Wine Show Trophies for best white wine plus both Best Red and NSW Wine of the Year at the NSW Wine Awards for shiraz. Production is extremely limited with just a few hundred cases of each of our wines.
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