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2019 Stevens Shiraz


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The Single Vineyard Stevens Shiraz is sourced from the Stevens Glen Oak Vineyard, which is located on Marrowbone Road, Pokolbin. The vineyard features red clay soils and is dry grown, with an average vine age of 60 years. 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 13 February, when the fruit was at its coolest, before fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine was matured for 14 months in older 2,500-litre French oak casks and 500-litre puncheons.

This stellar wine is medium-bodied with bright, dark-fruit intensity that is the hallmark of the wine. It has soft, savoury tannins and fresh acidity, resulting in its compelling length. The oak component adding only structure, not flavour.

Alcohol – 14%
Cellaring – 5-10 years


92+ Points | Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

"Stevens is from Glenoak. Some creamy biscuity oak showing over red and purple fruit, a little earth, plush, purple fruit, again springy tannin, slight chalk dust grip, gentle earthiness, and a little dried herb on the finish. Fresh. Medium-bodied at most. Length is good. Good wine." (May 2020)

92 Points | Ned Goodwin MW, Wine Companion

"Geological features of light sand and red clay, with the oldest vines of the site harking back to 1911. Matured in older 500L and 2500L wood. 2019 reds are stellar, defined by a generosity of extract without slipping into overt fruitiness. This is no exception. Maturation in older oak promotes breadth and a relaxed feel, without any overt oaky clang. It also mitigates shiraz's reductive tendencies. The end result, mid-weighted of feel and savoury, with dark cherry, mulberry, root spice, suede and licorice. Hunter's terracotta notes, embedded. The tenacity of flavour and length, auguring well for a long life." (August 2021)

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