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2019 Old Hut Shiraz

$65.00

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The Old Hut vineyard was planted in 2003 using cuttings from the 4 Acres vines, which are situated right next door. It features the same ideal soils for growing super-premium Hunter Valley Shiraz. The 2019 vintage in the Hunter Valley was another high quality year across all varieties and was a stellar follow up to 2018. Continued dry conditions meant cropping levels were slightly lower than normal however all of the fruit was in perfect condition with intense concentration. The grapes were harvested by machine during the early hours of 14 February, when the fruit was at its coldest, before fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine was matured for 14 months in older 500-litre French oak puncheons.

A vibrant nose of dark fruits and spice. Even though this block is located right beside 4 Acres, the wine has a bigger structure and completely different weight, although it is still only medium bodied. It possesses richer fruits, along with fine tannins and a soft acid structure, and shows no influence of new oak.

Alc. 13.5%
Cellaring: 5–10 years

Reviews

94 Points | Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

"Dark fruit, liquorice, violet, medium-bodied, plenty of tannin and earthiness, plumper style (in context), perfume, raspberry and earth leads on to a fine finish. Slight chalkiness to tannin, underlining the wine. There’s plenty to get into here. It’s drinking well now, and is easy to like. Accessible, you might say."

94 Points | Ned Goodwin MW, Wine Companion

"A mid ruby. From a site abutting 4 Acres, planted in 2003. Digestible and mid weighted, the signatures of the Hunter. Sweet loam and terracotta aromas, the calling card. Larger oak and judicious extraction, the conduits. Sarsaparilla, bergamot, violet, sweet red and black cherry and a sluice of anise. More intensity than the Mother, with similar sap, a bit more flare and greater pinosity."

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