The Old Dog, 2016 Shiraz

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The Old Dog, 2016 Shiraz
Variety Shiraz
Region Barossa Valley
Alc/Vol 14.0%
Winemaker John Harris
Colour Deep dark black with a purple crimson hue.
Bouquet Fresh on the nose upon release showcasing blueberry and vibrant red cherry with hints of spicy black pepper.
Palate Ten years after the first vintage release of the Old Dog, it has proven to be consistently elegant and powerful at the same time. The core structure doesn’t waiver from what it was 10 years ago; it delivers full-bodied flavours of dark cherry, blueberry, plum, chocolate and liquorice whilst finishing with some silky smooth tannins and soft underlying French oak. We create this wine to ensure the drinkability upon release as well as longevity.
Winemaking Sourced from a single vineyard on the western side of the Barossa Valley, the Shiraz grapes were individually picked out in the vineyard for their exceptional quality. The grapes are picked and delivered to the winery and gently worked through the de-stemmer before being transferred to 1 and 2 tonne open fermenters. The juice is pumped over twice a day for seven days to extract, homogenize and regulate temperature before draining and loading the basket press. The skins are then gently pressed for approximately 20 hours to retrieve more of the essence of the grape. After the wine has completed its malolactic ferment, it is matured in new 15% and older 75% oak barrels for 12 months.
Cellaring Potential Great to drink now, but will mature and develop complexity over the next 10 years.