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RegionHilltops, NSW
WinemakerAndrew Higgins
ColourA vibrant red purple.
AromaA fragrant fusion of black cherries, violets and toasty oak.
PalateAn elegant medium bodied wine with juicy red fruits and spicy oak. The supple tannins gently frames the wine, showcasing the balance and poise of this medium bodied style.
Growing ConditionsA mild Spring and early Summer set the vines up well for a good vintage. Rain in the second week of January freshened the vines and provided ideal moisture for the ripening period. This was followed by warm weather which persisted throughout the entire harvested period, resulting in a compressed vintage. There was nil disease pressure due to the great canopies and low yields. All red grapes were of great quality this season with vibrant fruit flavours and supple tannins.
Vinification/MaturationHarvested in the cool of the morning to preserve fruit integrity, the fruit upon arrival at the winery was transferred into open top fermenters with an average of 15% whole bunches included. Following a gentle three day pre-fermentation cold soak the wines were inoculated with cultured yeast. Extraction was achieved through a combination of plunging and pump overs for a period of 12 days then gently pressed prior to being racked to barrel. Barrels used were all French oak puncheons and hogsheads with 20% new, 40% one year old and 40% two year old. Maturation in barrel for nine months prior to be carefully blended and lightly fined in preparation for bottling.
Alcohol/Vol14%
pH3.5pH
Acidity (TA)6.2 g/L
Bottles per Case6
Last Tasted Date21-12-2016
Peak DrinkingDrinking well now but will reward medium term cellaring.
Recommended Food PairingChargrilled steak with roasted vegetables / Moroccan spiced lamb tagine
McWilliam's has a large vineyard in the Hilltops with vines well over 40yo, and this full-bodied shiraz lives up to expectations, with layers of dark fruits, persistent notes of pepper and cedar attesting to the cool vineyard site. The tannins, too, aren't about to apologise for their contribution.
91 points
James HallidayWine Companion 2018

A true expression of the rich diversity and elegance of high altitude wines, the McW 660 range is a testament of McWilliam’s Wines understanding of the relationship that exists between the land, the climate and the winemaker. Harvested from vines grown at an average of 660 metres above sea level.

Weight 8 kg
Dimensions 27 x 18 x 35 cm

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