A change in fruit sources for this wine, no longer being excusively sourced from the Dahlberg vineyard in Murrumbateman. The componentry looks like 30% Dahlberg ‘Bests’ clone, 36.5% Dahlberg SA1654 / BVRC12 clone, 8% from the Four Winds vineyard in Murrumbateman and 23% from the Wallaroo vineyard further afield in Hall. Throw in 2.5% Viognier (for the OCD maths peeps out there). 12 months in French oak (25% new).
Gundog Estate, Shiraz, Canberra District, 2017
Earthy, serious, elegant nose: Spice driven start with cloves, licorice, black cherry, steeping plums and sweet cola-esque oak. The right amount of viognier pushing through like flowers among a broken footpath. Silky entry to the palate, before a layered, juicy black fruited palate experience with a lingering spiced bitters/vermouth-esque quality. Balanced and darkly elegant, tannins like soft velvet. Give some air and a quick decant before serving.
Wine sample courtesy of Gundog Estate