JO’S WINEMAKING / VITICULTURE Fruit for the McPherson Wine Co. Shiraz Mourvedre was harvested from select vineyard sites within Central Victoria. The must was fermented in static red fermenters and pumped over every eight hours for the ferment’s duration. Once the ferment was dry, the resulting wine was pressed off the skins and allowed to settle before allowing a natural secondary fermentation to commence. Separate parcels of the wine were aged on French oak staves for 8 months, after which the final blending of select parcels took place. The resulting wine is ripe, complex and wonderfully rich and brooding. This is in part due to the distinct Shiraz parcels, but also as a result of the Mourvedre which imparts a fruit driven yet earthy character to the wine.
JO’S HARVEST NOTES The best way to describe vintage 2016 is fast & furious! There was no orderly ripening of fruit, no luxury of white fruit followed by red fruit, it was like the flood gates opened and everything just rolled in at once. Again we had little rain and a very hot spring leading up to harvest, which meant things ripened faster than normal. Optimum flavours and ripeness came on more quickly than previous years and the only way around it was to pick as fast as we could. Thankfully we worked our way through it, and the resulting quality is excellent.
JO’S WINE DESCRIPTION I love making (and drinking) this wine! Rich, earthy with elegant and supple tannins; this Rhone inspired wine is a lovely blend of cool-climate spicy Shiraz combined with mild climate full-bodied Shiraz finely tempered by the savoury tannins of Mourvedre. This is a bold, modern Australian wine exhibiting aromas and flavours of blackberry and spice. The rich and full palate is complemented by hints of French oak leading to a seamless finish. Great to drink young, however time will reward those with patience…
JO’S FOOD MATCHES This Shiraz Mourvedre is perfectly paired with char grilled steak, rich red meat dishes or mushroom risotto. Its wide appeal makes it the perfect dinner party wine!
VINTAGE INFORMATION Region Central Victoria Varietal 95% Shiraz, 5% Mourvedre Alcohol 14.5% Best Consumed 2018 – 2028