The product of a perfect vintage and blended from 5 different vineyards, all but one from the northern part of the Clare Valley. The grapes were picked between the 1st and the 31st March, destemmed but the fruit retained as whole berries, and wild yeast fermented. Time on skins varied from 8 – 28 days and after pressing the wines were aged on lees for two years for depth, freshness and texture. A mix of French and American oak was used, with only 16% of it new. There was no racking and the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
Absolutely opaque with a narrow crimson rim, the 2014 Rank and File has a nose of cassis, spice, chocolate and sugar-dusted black plums. Intense and mouth coating on the palate, it unfurls with a delicious silkiness with the dark fruit shot through with spice. The obvious choice for char-grilled venison, this is a wine with the depth and balance to give a long and happy life. 15.0% alc/vol
The Teams Recommendations
"This premium Shiraz is one of the finest you will buy"