Vat 9 Shiraz is sourced from the oldest and best blocks on the Ashmans property, with the oldest vines dating back to 1892. Weinkeller and the Short Flat make up the majority of the Vat 9 blend. All of these blocks feature soils ideal for growing super-premium Shiraz.
Handpicked and sorted in the vineyard over the last few days of January, the grapes from the different blocks were all kept separate and fermented in our open-top vats. The individual wines were then matured in new and one-year-old French-oak casks (2700l) until the Vat 9 blend was assembled in December 2018. The blend was then matured for a further five months before bottling.
Intense purple in colour, lifted spice and a pretty red-berry nose with a subtle oak lift. The palate is medium-bodied, showing soft, sweet fruits. Subtle oak enhances the mid-palate, which is complemented by the fine, clean acid structure and long tannins.
A classic Vat 9 that will have a long life in the cellar. Cellaring 10+ years.