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RegionMargaret River, WA
WinemakerMatt Byrne
ColourInky red, black with a vibrant red rim.
AromaLayers of primary fruits dominated by mulberry, red cherry and blood plums with lifted notes of green peppercorn, and rose petal.
PalateA layered wine with driven red fruits, blood plum combined with notes of peppercorn and an earthy savouriness to deliver a rich and soft, flavoursome wine with a long finish.
Growing ConditionsThe exceptional 2014 vintage started in September 2013 where rainfall for this month was over double the long term average (215mm vs 105mm) - a great start to the season to set up the vines - especially our dry grown Blocks. Rainfall for the entire 2013 calendar year not only the highest since 1996, but also the only year since 1996 that it has exceeded the long-term average. The beauty of 2013 though is that it all fell at the right time, post-harvest, winter and early Spring of 2013 - exceptional! This was followed by very dry but not hot conditions (utopia for wine grape growing)... the entire summer only recorded 7mm of rain! Then a perfectly timed 17mm rain event on the 31-March finished off the ripening of our older Cabernet Blocks. It was a gentle Summer in Margaret River with remarkably unchanging conditions day after day right up until Autumn and the final days of harvest - only a one day heat spike on Sunday 12-Jan (37°C) was experienced which was too early in the season to have any impact. These mild conditions retained grape acids and minimised phenolics in the white varieties whilst maximising their aromatic and flavour intensity. The slow even rate of ripening meant harvest decisions were very precise with the result being exceptionally balanced juices and wines. The reds also had lower Baume levels at full ripeness and a fineness of tannin - similar to 2008.
Vinification/MaturationFruit from our vineyards located in the central and northern part of the Margaret River wine region make our Metricup Road Shiraz with one very special parcel from the southern Karridale area also being included in the blend. These vineyard sites consistently produce ripe, full flavoured Shiraz wines with great flavour and varietal identity. At harvest, select Blocks of Shiraz were picked separately during the coolest part of the night to ensure the fruit reached the winery at the coolest temperature possible. Following harvest, the majority of fruit was de-stemmed only (no crushing) and cold soaked in the fermenter for 4-5 days at 10°C prior to the commencement of fermentation. This practice of cold soaking is critical to producing our unique Shiraz style as it helps to produce a fruit driven, aromatic wine with an opulent soft texture and intense, stable colour. A select batch had 40% of whole bunches included in the fermentation. After cold soaking, the must was inoculated with a neutral yeast strain selected to ensure the unique characters of each Block was expressed in the end wine. Each ferment was conducted at 24-26°C and during fermentation, each batch was thoroughly aerated with the grape seeds being removed from the ferment. This process helped produced a fine, fleshy texture in the end wine and our unique Shiraz house style. Once each ferment reached 0-2 Baume, it was pressed off skins to separate tanks to complete fermentation. The pressings were returned into the free-run to provide structure and body to the end wine. Once dry, each batch of wine was racked separately off lees to a combination of 1-4yr old French oak barriques (225L), hogheads (300L) and puncheons (500L) and ~15% new French oak barriques (225L) to mature for 12 months. Following blending, the wine was coarsely filtered only once prior to bottling.
Alcohol/Vol14.5%
pH3.49pH
Acidity (TA)6.84 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date28-07-2015
Peak DrinkingFrom 2020
Recommended Food PairingPan-fried Pork rib eye served with roasted, spiced apples.
An elegant, medium-bodied wine with a wide spread of contrasting savoury and fruity flavours woven through fine tannins, part oak, part fruit-derived; some suggestion of oak contact during fermentation add to the appeal.
92 points
James HallidayWine Companion 2018

Metricup Road runs through the heart of Margaret River and since 1974, the lush vineyards of Evans & Tate have lined their way along Metricup Road as you travel through the region. This Shiraz presents driven red fruits and blood plum flavours combined with notes of peppercorn and an earthy savouriness.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm

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