Fowles Ladies who Shoot their Lunch Shiraz 2015
Sharing latitudinal pedigree with Gisborne in New Zealand; Sonoma and Napa Valleys in the USA; Mendoza in Argentina; Sicily in Italy and Jerez in Spain, Victoria is the southern-most and coolest State of mainland Australia, famed for its diverse wine regions and cool climate. Home to Fowles Wine vineyards and winery, the Strathbogie Ranges is characterized by massive granite boulders – the very boulders that have given rise, over millions of years, to the sandy loam soils in which our vines grow. This is a harsh Australian landscape with soil that is nutrient poor and retains very little water – difficult for farmers to grow livestock, but a wonderful landscape for grape growers seeking to grow fruit with great intensity. Couple these attributes with the cool climate, gentle aspect and glorious summer sunshine and the Strathbogie Ranges is an ideal region for growing grapes and making wine.
The mean January temperature is 19.15°C (66.47°F) and the average annual rainfall in our family vineyards is 700mm (28 inches).
Harvest in the Strathbogie Ranges generally occurs from late February through to early May.
The majority of fruit for this wine comes from the Strathbogie Ranges. Upton Run vineyard contributed 95% while another stunning
vineyard, called Mt Helen, contributed 5%.
In the vineyard, mechanical weeding took place to eliminate the use of undervine sprays and the vines were irrigated using a Regulated Deficit Irrigation technique to ensure concentration of fruit.
The Strathbogie Ranges fruit was harvested during the day on 16, 18 and 19 March 2015, while the fruit from Mt Helen was harvested during the day on 19 March 2015. This wine was fermented at around 24 ̊C in a combination of sweep-arm fermenters, small fermenters and in open pots (the latter plunged by hand) to maximise colour and flavour. We also chose to ferment this wine in stainless steel tanks to preserve primary fruit flavours. We selected a variety of yeasts to ferment this wine: Clos, Red Roman and also wild ferments. These yeasts were selected for their ability to help enhance different elements of the wine, such as aroma, colour and tannin structure, to create harmonious complexity in this shiraz. This wine was matured for 12 months using a combination new and old, and large and small, English and French oak. One quarter of the wine was matured in 140-year-old 5,000L English oak casks and two new 6,000L French oak casks. One quarter was matured in one, two and three year old French oak puncheons. The balance was maintained as a fresh, fruity parcel in stainless steel.
The vintage of 2015 was a year, with warm growing conditions producing red wines of intense colour and flavour. We decided to blend our Strathbogie shiraz with parcels of fruit from other regions in order to achieve the style we seek to craft our Ladies who Shoot their Lunch wine. We were also able to harvest some fruit from what may be the last ever shiraz from the iconic Mt Helen vineyard. These vines are infected with Phylloxera and had an incredibly low yield of less than one tonne to the acre in 2015. The intense and elegant characteristics of this fruit combined with our Upton Run fruit create a wine with the perfume, texture and balance to match wild game – and is a perfect example of a powerful cool climate spicy shiraz.
This wine is deep crimson in colour with hints of purple at the rim. On the nose, intense lifted aromas of ripe red berries play with notes of violet, pepper and dark chocolate. The palate is full bodied with complex forest fruits, spice and velvety tannins leading to an elegant, long finish.
T/A 6.8 g/L
R/S 0 g/L
Alc 14.0 %
FOOD MATCH Served perfectly with roasted venison.
CELLARING RECOMMENDATION Cellar for two to 10 years.
WINEMAKERS Victor Nash and Lindsay Brown
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