2019 8 Acres Shiraz

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The second release from this ancient block. The 8 Acres vineyard was planted in 1892 and sits just below the 4 Acres vineyard beside the driveway up to the winery. The vine orientation is north–south, perpendicular to the 4 Acres vines, and the vineyard produces a different style of wine altogether. As usual, some of the 8 Acres fruit has been used in the Vat 9 blend, with the remainder being bottled on its own.

The fruit was handpicked on 13 February and sorted in the vineyard before fermentation took place in our open-top vats with 15% whole bunches. After fermentation, the wine was matured for 14 months in a one-year-old 2,700-litre French oak cask.

Bright purple with more density of colour than the 4 Acres. It is similar to the 2018 – a rounder, medium-bodied, darker-fruited style. Juicy and moreish, with a loose-knit structure that gives the wine an element of approachability but also an underlying length and structure that reflect its pedigree.

Private Bin Release
Sacred Sites
Hunter Valley, NSW
Cellaring Potential:
5-10 years

Nick Stock, jamessuckling.com

96 Points

Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

95 points

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