SmithCullam Shiraz 2010 is A complex, intensely-flavoured but very elegant and approachable shiraz-cabernet blend distinguished by opulent fruit flavours, satin-smooth palate and fine-grained tannins. This wine reflects both outstanding vintage conditions and the meticulous care it received in both the vineyard and winery.
James Halliday 96
Bright ruby-violet with purple hues. Exotically perfumed with rich, blood plum and red berry aromas complemented by spice and toasty vanilla notes. Elegant layers of opulent, blueberry and plum fruit flavours integrated with black pepper and savoury characters. The combination of fruit drive and new oak give a dense, elegantly structured and finely textured wine. A complex, intensely-flavoured but very elegant and approachable shiraz distinguished by opulent fruit flavours, smooth palate and fine-grained tannins. This wine reflects both outstanding vintage conditions and the meticulous care it received in both the vineyard and winery. The wine is made for long term aging.
Only very select parcels of organically grown shiraz fruit from the Isolation Ridge vineyard were used in this blend. These were handpicked over several weeks to ensure optimum flavours and ripeness. The shiraz vines are trained on a Scott Henry trellis system and regularly trimmed to enhance sunlight penetration of the canopy thus optimising ripening conditions.
Each variety was fermented separately, as slowly as possible, at temperatures not exceeding 30C. Open fermentation tanks facilitated working the cap through plunging and gently pumping over. An extended maceration period allowed maximum colour, flavour and tannin extraction. The shiraz was aged in 500 litre French oak puncheons rather than barriques to impart textural complexity without compromising the opulent fruit flavours.