Eden Road Hilltops Shiraz 2010

Shiraz Hilltops New South Wales
From the home of the 2009 Jimmy Watson, just twenty kilometres outside of Canberra. The team at Eden Road operate a single estate vineyard at Murrumbatema, they also collaborate with leading local growers and retain access to the finest harvests in the greater Hilltops region. The aim at Eden Road is to take a highly exacting approach to the winemakers art, subjecting samples of candidate parcels to a scientific analysis, while endeavouring to work the fruit in a way that's gentle and unobtrusive, for the realization of articulate, high country wines.
Shiraz is sourced from a single vineyard at Kingsvale south of Young, planted to wind swept altitudes at 500 metres above sea level. Red sands and cracking clays, basalt and decomposed granite soils, working in concert with the chilly continental climes, yield harvests of remarkable complexity and defined regionality, contributing intense, bright red fruit flavours and piquant black pepper notes to the wines. Grapes are completely de-stemmed, inoculated and treated to a very gentle regimen of pneumatic pumpovers throughout the vinification, allowing berries to remain whole and undamaged. Upon completion, components are filled to a selection of 225 litre French oak barrels for maturation.
Deep scarlet colour. Lifted rose petal bouquet, whiff of dried herbs, intense dark plum and black pepper notes. The palate is full of stewed plum and spice flavours, a touch of charcoal and savoury charcuterie characters. The support of profoundly integrated oak and seamless tannins keep the bold weight of fruit in check, finishing long, firm and beautifully balanced.
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