Single Vineyard Series
2014 Hart & Hunter The Hill Shiraz
From the cracking vintage of 2014, we are super excited to see this wine go to bottle. In our 6th year for Hart & Hunter and it’s the best vintage we have seen yet. For the first time in several years, it was a perfect lead-up to vintage with good winter rains, cool night time temperatures, and no rain pressure at the crucial time of harvest, giving us the luxury of watching our fruit ripen and taking the time to pick at optimal ripeness.
Provenance & Winemaking
This is only our second release of THE HILL, a wine we have associated with the best of the best. Only produced in very small quantities, off the best parcel of fruit, from the best selection of barrels, in the very best of years. The 2014 Hill has been selected from the Ablington Vineyard, and the four best looking French barrels. With each year we are finding the fruit gets better & better from Ablington, and this wine shows truly what a great site it is.
The light/medium clay soil of this vineyard tends to stay cooler and retain water better, giving us sumptuous fruit, but underlying structure and weight. The fruit was partly handpicked and partly machine harvested on the 9th of February, we crushed and de-stemmed the leaving it to cold soak for three days for maximum colour extraction. The juice was inoculated and fermented on skins in open stainless fermenters, with plunging two-three times per day. At completion of ferment, the wine was racked into a mix of new French and one year old oak barrels for approximately 11 months.
Twenty fourteen has given as a wine so sumptuous, so elegant and fruit driven, dark garnet in the glass. With each swirl the nose opens up to lovely dark red fruits and hits of chocolate. The palate is brooding, weighty, with a lovely complexity which will see it age gracefully. A very savoury palate of flavours including black fruits and warm spices, yet rewarding with primary fleshiness. Just delicious.
Simple flavoursome roast beef with a wholegrain mustard sauce.
An amazing wine drinking now, but definitely leave it in the cellar if you can for 10-15 years.
Bottled 2nd June 2015
Production: 259 six packs