Tasting notes from the winery for Farm Hand Shiraz 2019
The nose is ripe-fruited and inviting, displaying bright red-berried fruit, plums and sweet spice with a hint of savoury oak. The palate is nicely medium bodied and approachable with a dark berry and cassis flavours framed by soft tannins.
The Farm Hand wines are grown by the Grigoriou family, fourth-generation wine growers, from almost one hundred acres of Organic Vineyards in the Monash Valley of South Australia.
VINYARDS: The moderate, dry climate with very low rainfall during autumn and fertile soils are perfectly suited to Organic Viticulture. The well established vines (up to thirty years of age) are planted widely apart for airflow to minimise disease pressure and minimal drip irrigation ensures low yielding fruit with rich flavours and varietal expressiveness
VINTAGE: This was a challenging year and so very much makes you think of Australia. It was a warmer vintage with only sporadic rains in some parts causing the berries to ripen sooner than prior years. Through great vineyard, water and canopy management the resultant fruit is bright and flavourful with a soft acidity. This is a vintage showing up front fruit flavours and perfect for drinking from the get-go.
WINEMAKING: Fully de-stemmed before fermentation in a mix of open and closed tanks. The wine was primarily vinified without the influence of oak for maximum fruit expression before blending with a component aged in three and four year old French oak.
VARIETY: 100% Shiraz
REGION: Monash Valley of South Australia
WINEMAKER: Con-Greg Grigoriou