Bellingham Shiraz 1998

Colour: Deep rich ruby with great depth.
Nose: Forthcoming and elegant with complex black berry/cherry fruit aromas with rich leather, white pepper spices and vanilla sweetness.
Palate: Smooth, rich, complex and full bodied with all the aromas through on the palate and after taste. Firm tannins with a sweet vanilla finish.
Overall: An elegant full-bodied wine with concentrated fruit and spices, soft but firm tannins.


variety : Shiraz | 100% Shiraz
winery : Bellingham Wines
winemaker : Charles Hopkins
wine of origin : Coastal
analysis : alc : 14.16 % vol  rs : 2.5 g/l  pH : 3.83  ta : 5.88 g/l  
type : Red  
pack : Bottle  

ageing : Great ageing potential.

in the vineyard : The grapes are from six carefully selected vineyards in the coastal region. Soils are generally deep and well drained and the yields, low.

about the harvest: The harvesting only commences when the grape reach phenolic ripeness, this ensures greater extract and soft ripe fruit tannins.

in the cellar : The grapes are destalked and the juice is fermented on the skins until dry with two aerations per day.The wine is then pressed and transferred into American oak casks (80% new) where malolactic fermentation takes place and the wine matures for 13 months.

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