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|Colour||Vibrant red purple.|
|Aroma||Bright fruits of dark cherry, pepper and charcuturie coupled with lifted florals and fresh toasty oak.|
|Palate||Medium-bodied with bright acidity and fine slatey tannins. Perfumed fruits and meatiness continue on the palate. Needs a couple years in bottle.|
|Growing Conditions||An excellent vintage with warm days and cool nights. Spring frosts wiped out blocks on lower sites with poor cold air drainage. This resulted in a lower regional crush but quality was high due to it only being from the most suitable sites. A hot and dry growing season resulted in balanced canopies with low yields and concentrated fruit. Some rainfall occurred during February & March which was a positive as it refreshed the vines and gave them sufficient water to get through to harvest with minimal stress. There was no disease pressure due to the great canopies and low yields.|
|Vinification/Maturation||Hand picked in the cool of the morning. Fermented in open top stainless steel with up to 30% whole clusters included. Cold soaked for 3 days prior to allowing the tank to gently warm up, then inoculated with yeast. Hand plunged only for a total time on skins of 2 weeks. Gently pressed then racked to barrel for maturation for 10 months on fine less with nil rackings using 35% new French oak puncheons, balance one to 4 year old puncheons and hogsheads. Carefully blended in January then lightly fined prior to bottling.|
|Acidity (TA)||6 g/L|
|Bottles per Case||2|
|Last Tasted Date||07-06-2015|
|Peak Drinking||Drinking well now but will reward medium to long term cellaring.|
Shiraz from the Hilltops wine region. Not sure about calling this “1877”, but I’m sure there’s a logic somewhere. It’s a good wine, very good in fact, if not really in line with its price tag. In my opinion. It’s both savoury and fruit-filled at once, a layer of sweet oak slipped over the top. Raspberry, red/black cherry, black pepper, dried herbs. More red than black, as they say. Firm-ish with tannin. Well-balanced. Pimped up, just a bit. Not quite a ‘show style’ of old, but not far off.
I mentioned this wine in my 100 Best last year, as an aside, pointing out that it wasn’t going to be shipped until early 2016, and so here we are and, By Jingo, it has its name in flashing lights as the headline act in this entry. Seemingly hewn from a block of granite and then decorated by pixies and elves with roses and violets and ogres and orcs with the freshly spilt blood of battle and well hung game, this is a frighteningly good wine which always keeps one foot on the floor thanks to its finely-tuned Hilltops climate. Weighing in at only 13.5% means that this wine is the ultimate palate assassin. While it is menacing and formidable in the glass it is also deft and fleet-footed on the palate. It possesses the ultimate combination of skills and it will take your breath away.
Very deep purple/red colour and a superbly ripe, rich, concentrated bouquet. It's full-bodied - but where's the oak? The oakiness that afflicted these wines in the past is happily absent. Soft, fleshy, supple-textured wine, with great intensity of fruit as well as elegance. Medium to full-bodied, fruit-driven and soft of tannin: a gorgeous wine and will live long-term. (40% new oak, but the power of the fruit dominates the oak).
This prestigious wine takes its name, “1877”, from the year 1st generation winemaker, Samuel McWilliam, planted the winery’s first vines in Corowa NSW and McWilliam’s Wines was born. Crafted from vigorously selected, high quality fruit from mature, low yielding vines, the 2014 vintage of McWilliam’s “1877” is a Shiraz from some of the best vines in the Hilltops region of NSW.
|Dimensions||25 x 11 x 35 cm|