Shay's Flat Vineyard 2013

Tournon by M. Chapoutier

Named after a locale in the Australian Pyrenees, Shay’s Flat is produced on an east facing ridge in the southern foothills. It appears as a natural amphitheater with red soils of schist, quartz and rich clay. The vineyard features ten hectares of shiraz in two parcels. The grapes are destemmed and fermented in vat with a long maceration. Aged in French oak for 12 months, the resultng wine has a dark red color with a complex nose of black fruits and tobacco leaf. Like in Hermitage, Michel's challenge is to show the diversity of this area by producing racy Shiraz from different type of soils.

Tasting Notes

A deep garnet appearance complements a complex nose of black fruits and cherry with hints of tobacco. The palate is rich and opulent, dominated by black fruits and licorice with supple, delicate tannins.

Food Pairing

This aged, complex and bold Shiraz marries well with deep flavored beef and lamb dishes.  It also stands up well to hearty tomato based sauces and rich BBQ as well as Asian plum based sauces which bring out the rich texture and tannins in the wine.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
Shay's Flat Vineyard
Vineyard size:
47 acres
Soil composition:
Red soils, schist, quartz, clay
Training method:
VSP
Elevation:
990 feet
Vines/acre:
745
Yield/acre:
0.8 tons
Exposure:
Eastern
Year vineyard planted:
1999
Harvest time:
March
First vintage of this wine:
2009
Bottles produced of this wine:
50,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Shiraz
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
10-14 days
Maceration technique:
Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
21-35 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Yes
Type of aging container:
Barrels
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
New
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
12 months

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