Ashton Hills Sparkling Shiraz 2008
Stephen George's take on this now cult style is, without question, one of the titans of the genre. Given that its fruit is drawn from one of Australia’s most revered vineyards, including a healthy portion from vines planted in 1919, perhaps this will come as no surprise. Crafted from only the best vintages, there’s no denying this special wine’s breathtaking complexity, texture and balance; power with finesse and damn delicious. The previous release, from 2006, was the highest-rated sparkling Shiraz in James Halliday’s 2014 Australian Wine Companion. Open-fermented, hand-plunged, and held for four years in an aged 2250-litre cask, the 2008 has recently been released and doesn't suffer comparison to the wonderful 2006.
Made from the grapes of dry grown, low yielding vines, half of which were planted in 1919. Following ageing in old oak for four years the base wine was re-fermented in this bottle. On disgorging, a liqueur of rich fortified shiraz was added to balance the wine’s considerable tannin. This tannin makes the wine particularly good with food. Drink now or cellar for further complexity.
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