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Wolf Blass

2018 Wolf Blass Sapphire Label St John's Barossa Shiraz

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St John’s Shiraz, named for the local parish church, was sourced from the remarkable Mickans and Schutz vineyards at the eastern end of Ebenezer Road in the Barossa Valley’s north. The vineyards lie on flat to gently undulating terrain at an elevation of around 280m, with unique soils comprising Barossa ironstone, red clays and dry alluvial sands deposited up to 50 million years ago. At the far north of the valley, the climate is more continental, with the region’s warmest daytime temperatures and lowest rainfall and humidity. The area also experiences some of the coolest nights, leading to longer, slower, later ripening, allowing flavours to fully develop. Growing in this unique terroir, Shiraz tends towards small berries with tough, dark skins, producing concentration and depth, opulent, fleshy fruit and full, ripe tannins. 
Harvested at optimum maturity, fruit from each block was crushed separately and fermented in small open fermenters. A mix of gentle plunging and pumping over was used to optimise flavour, colour and tannin extraction, giving the wine rich
concentration and depth of fruit while retaining plush, supple tannins. The wines were left on skins until dry to lengthen tannins and enhance palate line and finish.
Varietal Shiraz
Vintage 2018
Region Barossa
Winemaker Alex MacKenzie
Peak drinking Now - 2040
Alcohol Volume 14.5%