This single vineyard McLaren Vale Shiraz is from the deep white sandy soils of Blewit Springs. Located at the eastern end of McLaren Vale, the temperature is a little cooler and the ripening period not as intense. The cooling adiabatic winds cool the vineyard at night and the proximity to the coast moderates the daytime temperature.
The low yielding vineyard is on the East-facing slope on Blewit Springs Road. See Map. This allows the morning sun to gently dry any overnight dew on the fruit, minimising the need for spraying. This aspect adds to the slowness of the ripening as the angle of the slope shelters the fruit from the baking afternoon sun. https://goo.gl/maps/3ErAs4CMuwq
In 2016 the fruit came in at optimum ripeness of 14.5 Baume. It was machine harvested into 2 tonne bins in the cool of the night. This was transferred to the winery where it was gently pressed into 5 tonne open fermenters. The wine was plunged daily for 8 days to extract colour and barrelled off into new and 2yo French and American oak barrels.
After 15 months in oak, the wine was returned to tank where it received minimal intervention from this point, until bottling.
The 2016 Progenitor Shiraz is a fruit driven style with good structure and balance.
The nose is a brooding blend from violets and herbs to dark black berry fruit, with earthy nuances, spice and even some dried apricot.
With layered textural tannins and excellent structure, this wine has a depth and richness. With velvety tannins and a palate full of plums, blackcurrants, dark chocolate and blackberries. Whilst closed on the nose when initially opened, the wine benefits from decanting and time to breath.
True to its roots this is a ripe, rich, full flavoured McLaren Vale Shiraz.