2015 Hart & Hunter Fox Force Five Shiraz
History & Provenence
Another wonderful adventure through the Black Series, with the release of our first red in the range. ‘Fox Force Five’ was the inspiration to showcase our vineyards and our barrel selections.
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A pure winemakers fantasy in making the most of our fruit and our vineyards from 2015, and showing the versatility of Shiraz to be interesting yet stylish and elegant. This wine is 100% Hunter Valley Shiraz, comprised of fruit from the five individual Shiraz
vineyards in 2015, and then aged in French barrels made from
oak of five different forests. What a delight.
The challenge all comes from the blending of the batches, rather than employing any different processing measures. All batches were treated the same with extended cold soak, followed by time in oak, which is where the magic happens. After a period of time in oak, we selected barrels from each batch that melded and worked well together to create this beautiful wine. Normally an oak barrel is made from one forest, so the fact that one of our preferred coopers was able to come through on our strange request to have barrels made from 5 different forests, and has turned this wine into a delightful spicy beauty.
Bright red in colour, this Shiraz exhibits dried fruits, with a spicy, yet floral nose. The medium bodied palate is bright and finely balanced, unctuous and really leaves you wanting to drink more. It’s deliciously savoury, with underlying red fruits, vanillan and toast characters.
FFF is drinking well with pulled pork pasties and sambal chilli sauce.
A beautiful food wine to be drunk with joy now, but we expect it will cellar for the short to medium term.
Production: 140 dozen