Windy Peak Shiraz 2005

Region
Yarra Valley, Heathcote

Appearance
Vibrant red with good purple colour

Bouquet
Rich and complex with perfumed white pepper Shiraz fruit

Palate
Full fruit palate with berries, pepper and subtle use of oak

Vintage Conditions
A warm dry growing season resulted in ripe but very distinctive Shiraz.

Winemaking
Fruit is destemmed to both static and open fermenters with 10% whole bunches and is then cold soaked and fermented on skins for a total of 14 days. Both plunging and pumping over were used extract colour and flavour and temperatures reached 34°C at the peak of fermentation. All parcels were fermented to dryness. The resultant wines are racked, blended and matured for 10 months in new and used French barriques before blending and bottling.

Wine Analysis
Alc/Vol : 14.0 %   pH : 3.53   TA : 6.0 g/L

Cellaring
This wine should continue to develop complexity for 3-5 years in a good cellar.

Suggested Cuisine
A good accompaniment to spicy red meat dishes, try with veal shanks.

General Characteristics
Dry  Medium Bodied

17.5/20
"Windy Peak is their Victorian label. This is rich, full and bold with dark-berry characters, some oaky notes, smooth texture and approachable tannins.
Peter Forrestal, Sunday Times, 11 November 2007

"This red tastes a lot more impressive than its price tag and label suggest. It's a blend of quality shiraz regions- Heathcote and Yarra Valley - and has plenty of cut and thrust, making it handy when meat is cooked among smoke and flames."
Greg Duncan Powell, Sydney Morning Herald, 15 September 2007

89 points
"This is a delicious, quaffable red wine that's made to drink young. It opens with meaty, slightly funky aromas and is all about the palate: sweet spicy raspberry fruit, fine powdery tannins and lovely balance."
Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 September 2007

"Full fruit palate with berries, pepper and subtle oak."
National Liquor News, August 2007

85 points
"Spicy-sweet style in the lighter vein, a nice line of savoury fruit leading to firm-ish, chewy tannins. Made for the table. Attractive minerality. Bang on..."
Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront Red Issue, April 2007

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