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2017 Black Dog Shiraz

2017 Black Dog Shiraz
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$65.00
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SKU: BT 17BDog
Barrique Club $55.00 
Hogshead Club $50.00
Puncheon Club $50.00

It was the vintage of 2001, when a cellarhand called out to the Winemaker during a red pumpover, "this wine is as Black as a Dog's guts!", and on that joyful day, the premium shiraz from Willow Bridge had a new name. Black Dog.

Estate grown fruit, handled fastidiously, matured painstakingly.

 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Shiraz
Appellation
Geographe
Acid
6.7
pH
3.52
Aging
Up to 15 years
Fermentation
Crushed cool to static fermenters for eight days, peak temperature 28 degrees Celsius
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Cool scented fruits, blackberry and musk florals, lifted and vibrant. A striking balance of concentrated blueberry fruit, cassis and dark plum, yet restrained and elegant with polish and finesse.
Vineyard Notes
The fruit is sourced from a gravel clay block, north east facing, backing on to the Wellington Forest, painfully low yields, but producing a wine of intense varietal character.
Production Notes
100% barrel matured in new (25%) and older french hogsheads.
Winemaker Notes
A cold and wet Spring in 2016 shaped a milder vintage in 2017, which was further interupted by Ferbruary and March rains. The resulting conditions led to a lengthy ripening period, and a 2-3 week delay to start of vintage. Lower temperatures at ripening are beneficial to retain freshness and elegance, and wines of lower alcohol and crisp acidity.

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