In a small niche of the Davey Estate Vineyard the soil, climate & Shiraz combine to create something special - the fruit that is ultimately hand crafted to become D Block Reserve Shiraz. Gentle hand working of the skins in small, 5 tonne open fermenters and traditional winemaking practices protect & nurture the unique qualities of the terroir. Very fine grained French (65%) & American (35%) oak hogsheads are used to allow a long, slow maturation of the wine & subtle oak integration. A combination of 1 - 6 year old barrels, crafted by select coopers to our requirements, are used to create nuances & diversity of flavour. When maturation & oak integration are perfect, individual barrels are selected & blended to create the fruit power, complexity & harmonious balance that is Shingleback D Block Reserve Shiraz.
Deep purple red. Ripe blackberry primary aromas are supported by notes of chocolate earth, pepper and roasted cashew-like oak. A compote of dark berry fruit overflows the mid-palate and is focused and restrained by the fruit and oak tannins. A perfectly balanced and seamlessly integrated wine that expresses the essence of the vine, the time, the place and the harsh, black cracking clay over limestone soils that make up this unique corner of the Davey Estate Vineyard.
* No animal products are used in the production of this wine.
With three wines in the top ten, Shingleback clearly made a very favourable
impression. This lively 2015 shows more red than black fruits, but
delivers excellent length of flavour backed up by fine tannins. 4 stars.