2005 Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz Cabernet
Deep purple in colour. A rich powerful nose of cassis with overtones of vanilla and coffee. Lush, ripe palate dominated by black fruits, cherry and chocolate. Full bodied with savory, integrated fruit tannins and persistent finish, all in balance with the alcohol.
Winemaking is very traditional and labour intensive. Oak maturation takes place using 35-40% new barrels with the oak type has traditionally been American. In good cellars, Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz/Cabernet can age for up to 5 years. This Shiraz was put together using select barrels from our family estate that best demonstrate the intensity of our fruit balanced by integrated oak.
The 2005 summer was exceedingly cool with unseasonal rainfall in February. Fruit was under no disease pressure. The ripening continued steadily through autumn until picking in late April. As fine weather continued through the autumn the vintage came to very quick close. Varietal characters were very strong and overall assessment was extremely high.
Our sole objective is to produce the best wines possible from our unique vineyard site. Planted on own rootstock and located in the Padthaway valley which is comprised of rich Terra Rosa soils our estate vineyard benefits from excellent sun exposure producing grapes of optimum flavour, colour and tannin development. The warm summer days are moderated each evening by coastal winds that cool the vines and result in a longer ripening period. This extended period allows for the grape tannins and seed to fully ripen prior to being harvested, thus creating wines that are rich and supple on the palate.
Our pursuit of great wine can also be seen in the meticulous management of our vineyard. We strive for low crop yields and small grape bunches of intense flavour, and whilst we employ the latest technology in the vineyard to help us achieve vine balance and reduced vigour, we harvest when the fruit reaches full flavour development.