2011 Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz
Lifted spice and ripe mulberry/blackberry aromas are complimented with chocolate, cedar and cinnamon on the nose. Well-integrated oak tannin provides flavours of clove and supple texture, which supports the rich plum, blackberry and mocha. The overall structure is supple and generous with fine-grained tannin and a lingering finish.
Fermentation took place over 10 – 12 days in a combination of open and static fermenters. The temperature was closely monitored to ensure the wine retains its natural fruit expression. New and older French and American oak was used for the maturation of selected wine parcels over a period of 13 months. These parcels were put together from our family estate to best demonstrate the depth and character of our fruit, balanced by integrated oak.
Harvest commenced three weeks later than usual due to the cooler temperatures and delayed ripening. This did result in good parcels of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc being harvested, which showed great early fruit flavor development. Reduced yields and selective harvesting of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes ensured berries were in good condition.