Woodstock "The Stocks" Shiraz
WOODSTOCK 'THE STOCKS' SHIRAZ 2016 Australia [75cl]

BACKGROUND: Named after a set of medieval wooden leg stocks which stand in the town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire, England, “The Stocks” Shiraz is Woodstock’s flagship wine. This single vineyard Shiraz is made from 31 rows of low-yielding vines, planted circa 1900 on a sandy north slope of Woodstock Estate.

WINEMAKING: The vines are inspected thoroughly during veraison each January; exposed bunches are removed to prevent sun burn and hidden bunches are dropped to ensure even ripening. Ideally, each remaining bunch will have about 2 leaves between them and the sun. Yields are deliberately kept low (average yield is about 3 bottles per vine) and the vineyard essentially dry grown resulting in intense concentration of flavour. The Shiraz fruit is harvested at night to preserve the delicate berry flavours. The grapes are then crushed and cold soaked for 24 hours before fermentation in small open fermenters and hand plunged twice daily. The wine is then aged in carefully selected French and American oak barrels in a temperature controlled cellar for up to 18 months. Each barrel is monitored, and only the finest selected to continue the lineage of Woodstock ‘The Stocks’ Shiraz.

THE WINE: The 2008 ‘The Stocks’ Shiraz was harvested in early March just before the 15 days of heatwave which meant they enjoyed ideal growing conditions. On the nose, traces of cigar box, choc mint, meaty and earthy tones are evident. The palate is plush and complex loaded with a myriad of dark berries and spices. Good intensity of flavours and savoury tannins in balance will ensure the wine continues to evolve and mellow in the glass as well as in the cellar in over the next 10 years.

Very soft and approachable in youth, with a long, silky-smooth finish. Under this soft exterior is a solid backbone of ripe, long layered grape and oak rounded tannins with no sharp edges. ‘The Stocks’ single vineyard personality will grow through the initial primary fruit and vanillin oak flavours resulting in a complex and sleek demeanour. A powerful elegant wine which can cellar for over a decade.