2018 Lot 3 Single Vineyard Shiraz McLaren Vale
In 1960 Giovanni Patritti needed to acquire more land to sustain the growth of the Dover Gardens winery and the natural choice was the nearby region of McLaren Vale. He purchased the property at Lot Three Elliot Road, Blewitt Springs and by 1969 twenty-five acres of Shiraz had been planted. With an average age of 50 years, the vines on this site give the Lot Three Shiraz and identity of its own.
Our vineyard at Lot Three Elliot Road, Blewitt Springs was planted to Shiraz through the 1960s on the ancient 56 million year old soil known as North Maslin Sand. An elevation of 156 metres, sandy free-draining soil and mild to warm climate create an ideal growing medium for our old vines.
A cool spring with high rainfall meant soils were wet and flower development was delayed, the catalyst for a late vintage. Warm, dry conditions with a few bursts of heat through the ripening period and into autumn allowed fruit to develop full colour with good flavour characteristics.
Selected blocks in the Lot Three vineyard were hand picked at optimum tannin and flavour ripeness. Crushed and destemmed with a small percentage of whole bunch, the fruit was warm soaked for one day. Fermented in skins for eight days, the free-run juice was then drained and allowed to settle before racking into barrel to finish primary fermentation and malolactic fermentation. Matured in a combination of new French oak demi muids and puncheons, and seasoned French puncheons for 14 months before bottling.
Dark purple in colour with a bright crimson hue; the nose displays blue fruits, plum and raspberry, but it also has a savoury edge with wet slate and subtle integrated oak. The palate is seamlessly integrated, structured and long. Plum and blue fruit flavours work well with oak derived complexities of subtle coffee and dark chocolate. Drink now or cellar for 15+ years.