2019 4 Acres Shiraz

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Planted in 1879, 4 Acres is the oldest block of Shiraz on the Ashmans property, sitting just to the right of the driveway that leads up to the winery. This 2019 release of 4 Acres celebrates the 140th anniversary of this historic vineyard, which produces one of Australia’s most unique wines. This vineyard produces fruit that has its own unique style and structure, and the wine is only ever produced in outstanding vintages.

The fruit was handpicked on 12 February and sorted in the vineyard before a natural fermentation took place in our open-top vats with 15% whole bunches. After fermentation, the wine was matured for 14 months in a single two-year-old 2,400-litre Stockinger oak cask.

Bright colour, with an aromatic profile of red fruits and a lifted spice that gives the aroma another dimension. A classic Hunter River Burgundy style, the palate showing great depth and structure. The fine tannins are balanced by a length of fruit that is the hallmark of great old vineyards. A classic 4 Acres release, medium bodied in weight with a length, complexity and freshness not found in many other sites.

Sacred Sites
Hunter Valley, NSW
Cellaring Potential:
10+ years

Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

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Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

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