O'Leary Walker Claire Reserve Shiraz 2016 (Clare Valley, South Australia) "...blackberry, chocolate, cedar..."
VINEYARD: Fruit is sourced from 120-year-old dry grown Shiraz vines from Martin & Joan Smith’s vineyard in the Polish Hill River. Grey loam acid soils over sandstone and slate make up the profile with much of the top soil littered with rock, hinting at just how tough the vines need to be to sustain growth and produce quality fruit - not to mention the work of the vigneron to ensure overall balance. Despite growing these vines organically since their planting in the 1970’s, 2012 marked the first year of NASAA Organic Certification for these vineyards.
VINIFICATION: Handmade in 2 and 4-tonne fermenters, the fruit is de-stemmed and fermented using natural yeast. Hand plunged up to 4 times daily to control temperature and maximise flavour and tannin extraction. Left on skins post fermentation for 15 days, then lightly pressed and transferred to French Oak barriques for 30 months.
Only 630 x 6 packs produced.
“Hailing from 100yo vines in Polish Hill River, the concentration is literally breathtaking. You can sense the power on the swarthy/leathery/black fruit of the bouquet, the palate doubling down on all that goes before. Its future will be measured in decades not years – needs the optimism of matriarch Claire Marie O’Leary.” - 96 points, Halliday Wine Companion
"Deep dark red brick with a slight purple tinge. Concentrated with blackberry spice with hints of chocolate and cedar. Powerful Clare Valley Shiraz with rich mid-palate fruit with long grainy tannins, oak complexity and balance of acidity. A delightful complement to strong cheeses and gamey meats." - Winery Notes