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Mitchelton Toolleen, Single Vineyard Shiraz 2018
Since its establishment in 1969, Mitchelton is focused on crafting wines that have distinct character, allure and speak clearly of its origin. Our goal is to provide a precise translation, while capturing the essence in every bottle. This wine forms part of the Mitchelton ‘Heathcote Luxury’ program. This program has allowed us to explore the subtle nuances of our Toolleen Heathcote vineyard, and gain a deeper understanding of its unique and expressive personality.
COLOUR: Dark Ruby red with purple hues.
NOSE: Intense aromas of dark mulberries, fresh blackberries and anise with perfumed oak toast.
PALATE: The wine uncoils on the palate revealing layers of blood plum, blackberry, oak spice and complex savoury flavours. Focused fruit tannins work seamlessly with fine grained French oak, providing structure, balance and persistence to the deep core of concentrated, pure fruit.
VINEYARD: Premium fruit parcels for this limited release Shiraz were carefully selected and handpicked from 3 blocks within our Toolleen vineyard in Heathcote – Spring, Hepburn and Wilson. Toolleen occupies a unique parcel of Cambrian soil in which Shiraz vines thrive, producing fruit of incomparable quality.
VINTAGE CONDITIONS: The 2018 vintage in Heathcote was characterised by a longer and cooler than average growing season, producing wines with great finesse and structure. A relatively cold winter was followed by a cool and dry spring. The cool, dry and consistent conditions prevailed throughout summer, resulting in a later than average harvest date in March 2017.
WINEMAKING: The grapes were handpicked and fermented in open fermenters after gentle destemming. Carefully hand plunged daily for the duration of primary ferment allowed maximum flavour and tannins to be softly extracted. Upon completion of primary ferment the Shiraz stayed on skins to soften and meld together the fruit characters and tannins. The wine were then pressed off skins and transferred into new and seasoned French oak barriques for malolactic fermentation followed by 24 months of maturation before the final blend was assembled.
CELLARING: This wine will continue to improve over the next 15+ years with careful cellaring.
Halliday Wine Companion 2022 - 93 Points
Produced with egg products
Sourcing By (Region)
Heathcote, Central Victoria 100%