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METHUSELAH: 6L 2020 Klauber Block Shiraz

METHUSELAH: 6L 2020 Klauber Block Shiraz


SILVER MEDAL - London Wine Competition 2022
SILVER MEDAL - Decanter World Wine Awards 2022
SILVER MEDAL - Australian Small Winemakers Show 2022

VINEYARD: The Klauber Block vines are 70 years old and are set on a variety of soils adding complexity. From Sandy loam to Biskay to Clay, the soil varies as the slope undulates.

The Klauber Block is Rod and Spur pruned and minimal intervention vineyard practises are used to allow the true varietal character to shine.

HARVEST: The fruit was harvested in the cool of the night when the Baume levels were around 14.5. Our winemaker Bronson Kies determined that the fruit was full of flavour but retained some great natural acidity.

PROCESSING: Upon harvest the fruit is tipped into our receival bin with dry ice to prevent oxidation before being destemmed. Our automatic sorting table then removed extra green matter (around 5kgs per tonne).

The wine was fully through malolactic fermentation 10 days after primary fermentation finished. The ferment was purposely let to spike at 25°C and then cooled down to around 18°C for a 14 day fermentation.

The longer cooler fermentation is achievable because the winery has ample tank space, resulting in a big bold Barossa Shiraz with loads of complexity.

Once the Shiraz was malo and sugar dry, it went into a mixture of American and French oak hogshead barrels, including 40% new oak. The wine was topped every 4 weeks, during the 20-month maturation time. Twine was then carefully blended, with tens of bench trials to achieve a powerful but balanced wine with a long finish.

HISTORY: Made from the older more mature vines of the Kies Estate, the fruit has been specially selected to provide the complexity and excellence required to maintain its incomparable reputation. This sensational Shiraz produces good rich Barossa lift, with an abundance of fruit mid palate and quite a dry finish.

The Klauber Block Shiraz will grow with time in the cellar.


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