2012 Black Dog Shiraz

2012 Black Dog Shiraz
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This Black Dog is a classically styled Shiraz whose name hails from our second ever vintage in 2001 when cellarhands noted that the wine from our most spectacular hilltop block of estate shiraz was “as black as dog's guts”. The nickname caught on amongst family and friends, so today, provided vintage conditions deliver us a shiraz of suitable depth and concentration to do the name justice, a new Black Dog is born.

Wine Specs
10-12 years
Alcohol %
James Halliday
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Appearance: Deep, bright purple / crimson. Nose: Dark plums, prunes and dark chocolate are the dominant characters. There are some herbs and sweet spices playing a supporting role. Palate: Only medium bodied, but the palate has iron fist in a velvet glove exuberance. Fruit sweetness, richness and a generous, but supple tannin structure make it complete.
Vineyard Notes
At an elevation of around 270m, our 1.4 Hectare 'Black Dog' Shiraz block is both the highest and the most level vineyard on our Ferguson Valley estate. It was planted to a very sparse 1250 vines per hectare in 1997 on an even bed of classic freedraining WA "Marri soil" (a deep layer of ironstone gravelly loam over reddish friable clay). Vines are spur pruned and vertically trellised and yields restricted to five tonnes per hectare (two tonnes per acre) or less.

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