Paladin Hill Shiraz 2019

JAMES HALLIDAY 2022 WINE COMPANION |  95 POINTS

COLOUR

Deep brick red, subtle purple.

NOSE

Complex aromas of liquorice spice violets and dark fruits.

PALATE

The palate is savoury, generous rich round and soft, with Rhone like flavours of blueberry clove and pepper on the mid palate. A wine with abundant rich flavours and powerful persistent tannins which are soft and supple.

WINEMAKING

The fruit was harvested from our Wills Domain Block 5 Shiraz. Small berries and bunches a feature of the 2020 harvest were harvested by select harvester in the cool of the early morning and destemmed prior to being inoculated with a selected dried yeast strain. We managed to achieve many whole berries in the fermenter which resulted in some "whole berry" type flavours in the resultant wine. Pump overs were done using a Turbo Piquer, which pumps volumes of juice gently over the cap to achieve gentle extraction. The wine was pressed after 4 days of maceration, directly to barrels. Following Malo lactic fermentation in barrels, the wine was sulphured, and matured in barrel for 17 months prior to being stabilized filtered and bottled.

FOOD PAIRING

Lamb cassoulet.

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