Moppa Hill is one of laughing Jack?s most prized vineyard sites and is already well known for its Old Vine Grenache and Moppa Block Shiraz (Block 4). 2012 Moppa Hill Shiraz is an inaugural release and is sourced from Block 6 on the Moppa Hill property.
Block 6 is situated below Block 4 and therefore located lower on the eastern slope between 353m to 365m above sea level. This 6 acre vineyard is hand pruned, handpicked and managed using sustainable viticulture methods. This site has classic Moppa sandy soil with plenty of iron stone fragments. It is a very low yielding vineyard helping to create wine with purity of fruit a silky texture and layers of complexity. Shawn Kalleske raised this for 16 months in 100% tight grain French oak hogsheads and puncheons (40% new), and the wine was bottles unfiltered.
Dark core with a vibrant crimson red rim, an enticing nose of fruit purity leaving you with a sense of place in the Moppa Hill vineyards. Mulberry, elderberry, cherry and blueberry dominate with undertones of cinnamon, cloves, violets and subtle white pepper. A luscious and dense palate with great structure and purity of fruit that carries throughout the palate. The acidity is perfectly balanced with the pristine flavours, silky texture and fine grain tannins.
Hand-picked twice over 7 days, 40% whole berries, 60% crushed, open-fermented, hand-plunged twice daily, 75% matured in used French puncheons, 25% in new French barriques for 17 months; minimal handling, not fined or filtered.
Spectacularly rich and vibrant, with midnight black fruits, licorice and tar, oak and tannins securely stowed in the nest. 96 points James Halliday