Ashbrook Estate 2017 Shiraz Dozen (12 Bottles)

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$329.00 GST Included

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Grown entirely on a “lyre” trellis system so as to eliminate green characters and highlight the attractive fruit flavours of this variety Ashbrook produces Shiraz wines of a silky, rich texture and medium to full bodied style, enhanced by 24 months in French oak and 18 months of bottle maturation.

The 2017 growing season at Ashbrook was typified by warm sunny days and cool nights. A hail event in early Springreduced the volume of the early varietals like Chardonnay but intensified characteristics. Once again disease pressure was minimal due to Ashbrook’s predominantly lyre trellis system. A bumper and lengthy Marri blossom meant Silver-eye bird damage was negligible for the earlier varietals however all nets were unrolled for the later varietals as it unfortunately didn’t carry through.

All said and done the white varieties were harvested at optimum flavour ripeness. Yields were back to our traditional volumesbut most importantly the quality was impeccable. The 2017 wines will have lower alcohol levels due to the lack of any heat waves before or during vintage so the result is wines with an elegance and fullness, magnificent.

WINEMAKING

Grapes are hand-picked over several mornings to capture the full flavour spectrum of our Shiraz site. Four-tonne parcels of pure berries are cold soaked, inoculated and gently plunged every three hours in temperature-controlled, open, stainless steel fermenters. After desired extraction the wine is racked off skins and completes secondary fermentation in tank prior to ageing in 100% premium French oak barriques (22% new) for a minimum of 12 months.

After blending, filtration and bottling the wine undergoes further maturation in our underground, climate-controlled cellar for 18 months before release. The inviting nose bursts with ripe raspberry, redcurrant and cherry plum fruit leather aromas with hints of violet and sweet spice. Fine tannins, a succulent depth of flavour and balanced acidity result in a wine that is extremely easy to drink and a wonderful food wine. An exciting wine to lie down too!

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Description

Now a 3rd generation winery, established by the Devitt family in 1975, Ashbrook produced its first commercial wine in 1979 and completed its 40th vintage in 2018. Currently owned and operated by Carol and Brian Devitt, daughter Catherine Edwards, son Richard and son-in-law Kingsley Edwards, Ashbrook has now been a family business for over 40 years. Only grapes handpicked and grown on the Estate are used and all processing, winemaking, bottling and packaging are closely controlled using the Estate’s own state of the art facilities.

Australia’s pre-eminent wine authority and critic, James Halliday, has awarded Ashbrook Estate a five star rating, an accolade afforded to only Australia’s top wineries. He describes the meaning of his five star rating as “Outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality and, did so this year. Also will usually have at least two wines rated at 95 points or above.”

Halliday says: “This estate is one of the quietest and highest achievers in Australia, maintaining excellent viticulture and fastidious winemaking.”

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