Located in the warm, Mediterranean climate of South Eastern Australia, the vines at Lawsons Ridge are healthy and produce high quality grapes. For this wine, grapes are sourced from vineyards at an elevation of approximately 120 meters, thereby escaping some of the more extreme heat. The soil here is an alluvial, black self-mulching soil layered over heavy loam and gray clay. The combination of loam and clay contributes to hearty vines, as the loam provides fertility and the clay holds water.
The 2015 vintage was excellent for both Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon; a wet winter and drier than average spring contributed to an early, condensed harvest. Late heat during harvest ensured that grapes reached optimal ripeness before picking. Harvest occurred during the night to protect delicate fruit nuances, and fermentation occurred with American oak treatment. Additional 6 months of aging in a combination of French and American oak bring out the spicy characteristics of Shiraz.
Deep, ruby red in color with hints of purple, this wine is full of cherry, ripe blackberry, and plum aromas. On the palate, lush boysenberry and black cherry give way to a hint of chocolate, black pepper, and a touch of oak spice. FOOD PAIRING: The rich fruit and spice of Shiraz make ideal for pairings with barbecue dishes or Tandoori.