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Blown Away Shiraz

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McLaren Vale Australia

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Richard Hamilton

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Blown Away by Richard Hamilton

McLaren Vale Australia

An Australian expression for “Overwhelmed, Extremely Impressed, Amazed”

Richard Hamilton carries on a long-standing family tradition of winemaking started by his great, great, grandfather in South Australia in 1837.

Blown Away Shiraz comes from Richard’s own McLaren Vale vineyards, where the region’s fertile soils and moderate maritime climate produce fruit of exceptional quality.

You will be Blown Away by the rich, full-bodied flavours and aromas of ripe plum, white pepper and cinnamon that will enhance any tender lamb or beef dish cooked to perfection in your favourite style.

McLaren Vale

Located 37 kilometres south of Adelaide, the McLaren Vale region is a major wine production area within the Fleurieu Peninsula. With the town of McLaren Vale at its centre, the region shares a boundary with the southern Adelaide Hills, It runs south along St Vincent’s Gulf starting at Adelaide and ending near Sellicks Beach.  The Sellicks Range forms the south-eastern boundary of the region. 

With grape production dating back to the mid 1880s, McLaren Vale lays claim to some of the oldest vines on earth.  The region is well-known for its reds – in particular Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. Richard Hamilton Wines has some of the oldest vines in the region, with the vineyard that produces the Centurion Old Vines Shiraz dating back to 1892. Other varieties the region is noted for include Merlot, Chardonnay, Semillon, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, with more recent plantings of Viognier, Rousanne and Marsanne.
Due to the close proximity of the Southern Indian Ocean, the region experiences substantial climatic stability. The winters are wet and cold, the summers are warm and dry but tempered by the ocean breezes. The McLaren Vale climate is closely compared the Mediterranean, with its moderating maritime climate but with greater influence from the Ocean.

There are a wide variety of soil types reflecting the varied terrain - red brown sandy loams; grey brown loamy sands with yellow clay sub-soils interspersed with lime; distinctly sandy soils and patches of red or black friable loams. McLaren Vale’s topography is extremely undulating, with lots of peaks and valleys.  The soils lend themselves to create excellent, unique wines influenced by their terroir. Hills vineyards are normally more stressed than those on the valley floor, which means they generally produce excellent grapes.

McLaren Vale is one of the most richly varied wine regions in Australia, producing intensely flavoured and coloured red wines, and whites that display a great deal of finesse.

Blown Away 2011 McLaren Vale Shiraz

COLOUR:
Deep dark red with attractive crimson hues

BOUQUET:
Fragrant chocolate and hints of liquorice dominate the nose with hints of spicy oak providing subtle complexity.

PALATE: 
Intense flavours of liquorice and ground spices provide wonderful depth of flavour to the full bodied palate which is framed by lovely fine  soft tannins. The subtle vanilla oak influence helps drive the length of the plush fruit palate.

FOOD SUGGESTIONS:
This wine will compliment full flavoured meals, such as tender beef, or full flavoured vegetarian dishes

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Primarily a fruit driven wine for enjoyment over the next 4 years.
WINEMAKING NOTES: 
McLaren Vale, with its maritime climate, is renowned as a region attuned to producing some of Australia's best Shiraz.

From our mature vines, fruit iselected to show ripe, rich and forward flavours was traditionally fermented for seven days on skins to extract soft tannins and intense colour. After pressing and malo-lactic fermentation, the wine was racked to used oak and matured for 10 months before final blending, filtration and bottling in August 2012.

VINTAGE CONDITIONS:
Above average winter/spring rainfall gave rise to healthy canopies and good soil moisture levels leading into vintage. This reduced the need for irrigation and coupled with mild conditions throughout harvest enabled a slower ripening period allowing excellent flavour accumulation. 

 2011 Blown Away Shiraz.pdf

2012 Blown Away Chardonnay

COLOUR:
Medium straw with attractive green tints

BOUQUET:
Fruit driven fresh peachy Chardonnay with delicate integrated light oak

PALATE:  
Medium bodied, dry style with excellent length and persistence. The wine has been made to retain elegance and finishes with a clean refreshing acidity

FOOD SUGGESTIONS:
An excellent companion for poultry, seafood or pasta.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
This wine is crafted to have immediate appeal while young and fresh, but will also drink well over the next 3-4 years as it gains fullness and atoasty complexity

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
All of our chardonnay is estate grown. Hand picking and cool harvest-ing at night have been used to ensure the fruit is pressed in peak condition. The wine is made from free run juice that has been cold settled and cool fermented. Wine matured on lees in French oak to promote creaminess has been blended with unoaked chardonnay to ensure a fruit dominance on both the nose and palate. Following blending, the wine received a light milk fining before bottling.

WINEMAKING NOTES: 
McLaren Vale, with its maritime climate, is renown as a region attuned to producing some of Australia's best Shiraz. From our mature vines, fruit selected to show ripe, rich and forward flavours was traditionally fermented for seven days on skins to extract soft tannins and intense colour. After pressing and malo-lactic fermentation, the wine was racked to used oak and matured for 10 months before final blending, filtration and bottling.

 2012 Blown Away Chardonnay.pdf