The Dog Selection

The Dog Selection
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The 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.

1 bottle 2009 Black Dog Shiraz

Rich, velvety, sophisticated and a little hedonistic as usual, but without being over the top in any way (ripeness/alcohol/oak/extract etc.). The style is more a well behaved black Labrador than savage Rottweiler. Mid weight, soft and plush upfront, but even, long and with a real concentration of flavour and density of tannins. Will be reaching full maturity now (2020) perhaps a little longer.

1 bottle 2011 Black Dog Shiraz

Deep dark wine, seven years old, but you wouldn’t guess it. Still has freshness of dark plums and blackberry in support of characters that develop with age, dark chocolate, roasted root vegetables and loads of peppery spice. The palate still has lustre showcasing density and weight, with a long satisfying texture keeping the tannins in balance. Will still benefit from ageing, but drinking superbly now.

1 bottle 2012 Black Dog Shiraz

Plush and sophisticated yet without any excess baggage. 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. It's delicious now, but will definitely reward time in the cellar. Halliday says to 2036 and has pretty good experience with cellaring, so who are we to argue?

1 bottle 2013 Black Dog Shiraz

Bouquet of roasted warm beetroot, earthy and sweet, blueberry and baked plums, pie crust and a sprig of rosemary. Delicious, rich and warming. Intense undercurrent of ripe fruits, bal-anced perfectly with secondary aged character. Has another potential  5-10 years in the cellar!

1 bottle 2014 Black Dog Shiraz

Current vintage- Almost sold out!
Deep bouquet, dried plums, earthy beetroot and scented spice. 
Powerful and complex, black plum fruit intermingled with complex tertiary characters of dried nuts, spice and chocolate derived from ageing. Cellar for antohe 10+ years

1 bottle 2015 Black Dog Shiraz

Pre Release!
The winemaking is simple, meticulous selection in the vineyard, ridiculously low yeilds, ferment in small open-topped fermenters, hand plunge and press only when the tannins and fruit are in balance. Maturation is in French oak hogsheads for 18 months, around one third of which are new. It willl loyally reward time in the kennel for a decade or more .


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