Shiraz Pyrenees Victoria
The partnership of Roger Milner and Jane Holt emerged out of a juncture in mineral exploration, eventually leading to vintages at Passing Clouds and Chateau Reynella. They selected a site just outside of the main nexus of Pyrenees estates to plant vines. Ironically settling on the very terrain operated a century earlier by a pioneer named Berry who had also planted Shiraz.
Located amongst the undulating foothills on the northern slopes of Pyrenees Ranges, set to an altitude of 200 metres on red duplex soils/ red brown clays. The vineyard is operated with the emphasis on sustainable viticulture. Good canopy management generally minimises disease impact in this mild climate, and the ecologically friendly option is always exercised when selecting vineyard inputs. Many species of insect-eating birds love the habitat contributing to a healthy and diverse environment. The dry grown Shiraz grapes are hand picked and treated to small batch fermentation, hand plunged, basket pressed and matured in a combination of fine oaks before bottling without filtration.
Deep crimson with purple hues. The nose exhibits pure-fruited aromas of freshly crushed blackberries, hints of spice and fruitcake and a backdrop of roasted meats. The full-bodied palate is rich and full with lively red berries also showing through with a touch of earth and assertive, grippy tannins. Dense and chewy yet quite refined, Berrys Bridge has developed after a spell of bottle ageing.