CRFT 2016 The Fechner Vineyard Shiraz

The Wine                                  

Dark chocolate and cardoman notes with fresh blackcurrent, blueberry and dried prune fruit. Full bodied, rich and dark with smooth velvety tannins. Spicy and warm, with black olives and pepper. With all it’s power and length, it still shines with elegance and bright fruit.

Drinking... Drinking beautifully right now at release, and will continue to develp with age - cellar to 2030, possibly beyond.

Alcohol: 15% alc/vol

The Winemaking                              

Hand-picked and destemmed to open-top tank for fermentation with 15% whole bunches, then gently hand plunged two to three times daily.

Pressed directly to oak with 3 weeks barrel fermentation followed by 10 months maturation – 100% French oak, 30% new oak.

Unfined, unfiltered, vegan.

Bottled:  10th February 2017

Production:  92 dozen

The Vineyard                                  

Fechner Vineyard is owned & farmed by brothers Michael Fechner & Graeme Fechner near Moculta in the northern end of the Eden Valley.

The Fechner Vineyard is unique being one of only a few eastern facing vineyards in the Eden Valley region.  The eastern slope which offers cooler daytime temperatures, together with higher altitude and cool valley winds produces optimum growing conditions for Shiraz.

Site location: Moculta – Eden Valley

Map coordinates: -34.475005,139.071367

Clone:  1654

Planted: 1999

Elevation: 345m

Aspect: East facing

Harvest: 7th March 2016

Tonnes:  1.33T

Soil:  Broken Grey schist integrated with shallow limestone and red clay, very complex ancient soil.