Franklin Tate Estates Shiraz 2014 is a highly expressive wine with great fruit concentration driven by mixed berries and dark, juicy cherry fruit. The tannin structure is chewy, and the oak has provided a sweet, chocolaty flavour along with hints of hazelnuts and toast. White pepper lingers on the finish. A rich and spicy nose with dense dark cherry, blueberry and mixed red berry fruits. These are complimented by notes of Belgian waffle, milk chocolate and vanilla American oak. Pairs well with grilled red meats and peppercorn sauces.
The Shiraz grapes for this Franklin Tate Estates wine were harvested from several different vineyards in the Margaret River region. Each batch was picked at optimum ripeness and colour density. At the winery 10% of the fruit remained as whole bunches to give a cherry-like lift to the fruit. The remaining fruit was de-stemmed and lightly crushed. The must was inoculated with a yeast specifically selected to enhance the natural fruit flavour of the fruit. The must was pressed to a combination of French and American oak where the wine completed alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. After 6 – 9 months oak maturation the wine was blended, lightly fined before being filtered and bottled.
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