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Tasting Note 2015 Richard Hamilton The Smuggler Shiraz.pdf

Technical Data

Region: McLaren Vale

Variety: Shiraz

Alcohol: 14.5%

Vine Age: 12-48 years

Sugar at Picking: 13.7-14.5°Baumé

PH: 3.61

Acidity: 6.15

Residual Sugar: 1.23 gms/litre

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2017 The Smuggler Shiraz


COLOUR Full dense red with vibrant scarlet highlights.

BOUQUET Attractive spice and black pepper with savoury fruit notes enhanced through the elegant use of oak that has integrated to complement, rather than dominate, the nose. 

PALATE The palate shows definitive Shiraz flavours with the richness to be expected of a McLaren Vale wine. The tannins are tight and long with a round texture to give excellent persistence. 

FOOD SUGGESTIONS The wine will best match full flavoured meals, such as tender beef, or rich vegetarian dishes.  


WINEMAKERS NOTES The focus in producing this wine is to have vibrancy of fruit on the nose and palate with a tight structure and attractive mouth filling roundness. The fruit was all grown on our Estate between the McLaren Vale and Willunga townships. Following fermentation on skins, the components were pressed before dryness and allowed some oak fermentation. On the completion of malo-lactic fermentation, the wine was 're-worked' and returned to oak for further maturation. It received a light egg white fining prior to bottling.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION Richard Hamilton is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in wine production in Australia. The wine is crafted to present excellent fruit definition and length and typifies both the Shiraz fruit and the McLaren Vale region. 2017 will see 180 years of involvement in the Australian wine industry by the Hamilton family

VINTAGE CONDITIONS Excellent rains were received just after the 2015 vintage which were very much needed for the much drier than average conditions experienced from June 2015. Some relief from the dry conditions occurred in mid to late January and 2nd-3rd of February. A cooler than average February slowed ripening such that the harvest stretched out to the second week of March. 2016 produced wonderful styles of wines, with great concentration.

OAK TREATMENT 6 months maturation in predominantly French oak with some American Oak. 18% New French oak, 11% new American oak.

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