Red Wine with an Edge

2010 Degree

Degree is a blend of our younger vine Shiraz, with another of our planted varieties Mourvedre ( along with Shiraz, another of the classic red varieties of the Rhone Valley in south central France), and a tiny amount of the white Riesling. The cepage (blend percentages ) varies slightly from year to year, but is about 90% Shiraz, less than 10% Mourvedre, and 2 or 3 % Riesling. The Mourvedre contributes plummy fruit on the nose, and juciness and fleshiness to the palate. The Riesling is there to add an aromatic lift to the aroma, a slight spicy floral perfume, similar to the use of Viognier in the Cote Rotie region of the northern Rhone Valley.

Tasting Notes: 

Colour: 

Dark red

Bouquet: 

Licorice and spice, with red berry fruit aromatics

Palate: 

Full, juicy flavour, with soft round tannin structure. The little brother to Red Edge Shiraz, but no shrinking violet when it comes to raw ripe power!

Cellaring: 

Has immediate appeal, but will continue to mellow over the next 5 to 8 years.

Technical Details: 

Grape Variety: 

91% Shiraz, 6% Mourvedre, 3% Riesling

Alcohol: 

14.7%

pH: 

3.45

TA: 

7.3g/L

Maturation: 

21 months in used (2 to 5 years) French oak barriques

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition