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.
As a golfing hacker, the eight iron is one of my favourite clubs for its consistency. The same can be said of The Eight Iron Shiraz. It never skips a beat even in the harshest of years. 2013 was not one of those, it was a great year that allowed wines to reach optimal flavour, tannin and sugar ripeness all at the same time. The individuality of The Eight Iron comes through the fact that it is placed at the bottom of a gully that funnels cool air down and over the ripening vines, tempering even the hottest evenings. This results in a Shiraz that is lavishly fragrant, teeming with blueberry fruit and lifted spice. The balanced ripening has ensured dense fruit concentration which is given poise and freshness through a ferrous like acid and savoury leathery nuances. Quite simply class.
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 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.
95, Halliday Points
93, Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com