The grapes for the Alena Shiraz were handpicked and a whole-berry fermentation was conducted. After the primary fermentation, the wine was left on skins for a further two weeks before being run to barrique and hogshead for malolactic fermentation and maturation. There was 25% new oak (Remond) used in the blend. The wine was blended and bottled in March 2015.
The wine appears dark ruby. The immediate aromas are spice scents of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and white pepper. Undertones of plums and dark cherry are layered with subtle toasty oak and lifted floral notes.
The palate is luscious, refined and long with silky fine tannins. Toasted oak notes, four spice along with violets, bramble fruit and red plum feature in a seamless textured sensation.
Some reduction is present upon opening, which blows off quickly and decanting is recommended. This wine is a perfect candidate for the cellar and has the potential to age for 15 or more years from vintage.
This wine can be savoured glass by glass with or without food. Try this wine with a beef casserole or a pan seared sirloin steak with a herb sauce.
Alcohol: 13.8% | pH: 3.59 | TA: 6.0g/L | Dozen Produced: 140