Raw Power Shiraz 2013
|Region||Australia, South Australia, Adelaide Plains|
Vinous 90 Points
"Vivid red. Assertive aromas of ripe red berries, peppery spices and fresh flowers, with a hint of smokiness emerging as the wine opens in the glass. Juicy and sharply focused, offering intense raspberry and white pepper flavors plus a deeper-pitched note of licorice. Fine-grained tannins shape a long, spice-tinged finish that leaves a sweet raspberry note behind.”
- Josh Raynolds
This is not some made up label with a cute marketing scheme…this is a single vineyard, low-yield, meticulously cared for wine that completely over delivers on the price. A wine that isn’t about subtlety of complexity but rather, sheer force and utter deliciousness. Every once in a while, this is perfectly acceptable. Pure, unadulterated power!!!
Coming off of the 'Queen B!t$h' of all harvests in 2011, the cohesion of power and elegance of 2012, the 2013 is all about what the label says...Raw Power. Across the board 2013 was an outstanding vintage in many ways.
Vintage commenced in mid-February with the grapes having a lot of ripeness but also natural tannin (thick skins from a lack of water?). In terms of quality it will rate extremely high, in terms of fruit timing it produced some of the earliest picking on record, in terms of weather conditions one of the driest and coolest for a long time in the Plains and quite dry & warm in Currency. Overall the vintage produced high quality with great intensity and endless fruit. The grapes were machine harvested in the early morning over a three day period of time. 100% whole berry ferment in ten ton open top fermenters with soft pump-overs. Basket pressed with ferment finishing off in barrel/tank.
Region: South Australia
Varietal: 100% Shiraz
Vineyard: Varacalli Vineyard (Adelaide Plains - Angle Vale) - Finnis Vineyard (Southern Fleurieu - Currency Creek)
Vine Age: Varacalli Vineyard (45 years old) - Finnis Vineyard (20 years old)
Yield: 5 tons per acre
Soil Type: Varacalli (Red Clay Loam over Limestone) - Finnis (Sandy Loam over Limestone)
Oak: 50% Stainless Steel - 50% for 8 months in seasoned American barrique
Production: 3,000 cases