2019 Charteris Hunter Valley Shiraz
This wine is a blend from two 50 year old Shiraz vineyards in Pokolbin. While the 2019 was one of the hottest and driest on record, these old vines have seen a lot and survived all the vicissitudes the Hunter has shown them. The conditions preceding harvest shackled the vines into giving up a minute but precious yield of tiny berries of intense concentration. Not your usual Hunter Shiraz but very scarce and unique all the same.
Dark garnet with a crimson hue. Brooding wild berry, earthy brown spices, dark cherries and chocolate dust fill the aroma. This is quite foreboding for Hunter Shiraz with complexing Roasting pan, dark plum conserve and a hint of graphite. Heaps going on aromatically in a rustic and brambly way.
Big dense and ripe with plummy fruit on the palate entry with spicy depth, almost classic fruit cake. A hint of smoky bacon with maple syrup and vanilla pod adding power and depth. Abundant tannin but very fine grained, like dark chocolate with a velvety spice finish. Long and sinewy, at the bigger end for Hunter Shiraz.
These riper Hunter Shiraz vintages tend to offer most at 5 to 10 years old and I’m picking 6 to 7 years for the peak drinking window.
Matched with Slow cooked spiced Brisket.
Varietal – Shiraz
Region – Hunter Valley
Appellation – Pokolbin
Alc – 13.5% alc
Bottle Size – 750ml
Technical Data : pH 3.5, TA 6.7 g/L