Norfolk Rise Vineyard is located on the southern tip of South Australia and is renowned for its rugged coastline, exotic seafood and long, white sandy beaches. Heavily influenced by a unique microclimate, Norfolk Rise Vineyard captures the specific regional characteristics of Mount Benson in producing cool climate wines of the highest calibre. Situated in the heart of Mount Benson, the Norfolk Rise Vineyard is planted on 180 hectares of undulating coastal hills. Within 5 kilometres of the ocean at 37 degrees south of the equator, Shiraz is planted on near perfect “terra rossa” soils, providing an ideal level of nutrient and water retention.
For this exciting new development, Shiraz grapes were selected from the Mt Benson Estate vineyard and the Barossa. The fruit was crushed, transferred and then fermented as small batches in both stainless steel and Ganimede fermenters at >25°C allowing gentle extraction of the ripe fruit flavours and supple tannins. A long ferment lasting 7 - 10 days followed. Extended maceration was carried out on selected parcels of fruit. The wine was matured in predominantly French oak barriques for 12 months prior to bottling, to allow integration of the great complexity of flavours.
Gold Medal & 95 Points - National Wine Show of Australia 2019
Gold Medal - Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019
Estate-grown, hand-picked, some whole berry, 12 days on skins, matured in French puncheons (5% new) for 7 months. Very good crimson-purple hue; the spicy, peppery, black cherry flavours verify the bouquet, although there's a nip in the air with the defiantly cool climate style. Price: $19.00; Drink to: 2033; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 91 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
A bouquet of discreet pepper, spice, herbal and meaty charcuterie notes. The pepper indicates cool climate. Medium-bodied, understated but intense, the bright peppery fruit backed up by lively acidity. The tannins are in harmony. Drink to: 2029; Rating: 90 Points & Buy of the Week; Huon Hooke
It’s shiraz from Mount Benson. Lovely release. Not stellar, but high value and excellent to drink. Spices aplenty – crushed dry leaves, stems and peppers – with cherried fruit washing through. It’s light- to medium-weight, well textured, lively and balanced. Nutty tannin is beautifully well integrated. It’s all very attractive. Think savoury, think light, think lovely. Drink to: 2025; Rating: 90 Points Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front
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