2015 Passel Estate Shiraz MUSEUM
Margaret River, WA
A gentle style of shiraz - blossoms, red currants and plums, with hints of white pepper, spice and black olives.
- Region Margaret River
- Vintage 2015
- Type Red Wine
- Variety Shiraz
- Vintage Notes
Margaret River experienced moderate to high rainfall throughout Winter, with continued moisture into Spring and early Summer restricting flowering and fruitset. Sporadic rains in mid to late Summer slowed red ripening and led to slightly longer hang-times. It was a challenging year in terms of bird pressure, owing to a lack of marri blossom in surrounding bushland; this was kept under control with well- timed bird netting. Quality was high overall, with whites and reds displaying super-fine structure, impressive elegance and minerality. Very low yields make this a vintage to be valued.
- Vineyard Notes
Our old-vine Shiraz is planted north-south, thus benefitting from even sunlight and warmth on either side of the canopy throughout the growing season. Fruit is dry grown, with multiple passes throughout the season to arrange and manipulate shoots and leaves, thus achieving the best balance of light and shade for our stylistic aspirations. Each individual vine is fruit thinned to help it reach its ultimate height of quality and intensity.
Picked in the early hours of the morning, our Shiraz fruit was destemmed directly to the fermentors as whole berries, resulting in slower and more controlled extraction of tannin and greater retention of fruit based aromatics. A cool ferment on skins for 14 days was followed by a gentle pressing straight to barrel. The wine was matured in a combination of French Oak barriques and puncheons, 30% of which were new, and underwent bâttonage every 5-6 weeks. After 10 months in oak, the wine was lightly fined prior to filtration and bottling.
- Tasting Notes
Deep purple in colour with aromas of satsuma plums, blackberries, aniseed, and lovely complex savoury notes (reminiscent of braised meats). The palate leads with dense, dark fruit flavours and coating tannins. It continues with hints of vanilla pod, cracked black peppercorns and freshly tilled earth; finishing with impressive length, deep earthy tannins and spiced wild fruits.