An open and generous wine, full bodied with great fruit character and a firm frame of irony tannins.Learn More
Enticingly complex with an ironstone like core of fruit that pulses through the entire palate truly defines this wine.
The Eight Iron is a tightly knitted wine that requires a little coaxing to get to know its true character. Be this through natural evolution over time or via a healthy amount of aeration, you can start to see the finer nuances that make this vineyard such a consistent performer. Notes of anise and red liquorice are gently accompanied by spicy pepper and pretty lavender overtones, enticingly complemented by complex compost and earthy flavours. There is an ironstone like core of fruit that pulses through the entire palate that truly defines this wine. The vibrant line of acid and fine grainy tannins conjure memories of crunching into fresh pomegranate seeds. Not an overwhelmingly rich wine in youth, but with a concentration and structure that hint towards a long and expressive life.
Small batches of grapes are crushed gently and then transferred to five tonne headed down open fermenters. These batches remain separate until final blending. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through fermentation. The wine is then basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and used French and old American oak barriques to complete fermentation. The barrel ferments are aged on lees, and there is no racking until final blending. Only the best Shiraz blocks from each vintage are selected to be part of the Amazing Sites range.
Shaped like a golf club on a steep south facing block, the vineyard is roughly as wide as a decent hit with an eight iron.