Vat 9 Shiraz is sourced from the oldest and best blocks on the Ashmans property, where the oldest vines date back to 1892. The majority of the blend is made from fruit from the Weinkeller and Short Flat vineyards. All of these blocks feature soils that are ideal for growing super-premium Shiraz.
Handpicked and sorted in the vineyard during the second week of February, the fruit from the different blocks was fermented separately in open-top vats. The individual wines were then matured in new and one-year-old 2,700-litre French oak casks before the blend was assembled in November 2019. The blend was then matured for a further five months before bottling.
Vibrant purple with an enticing nose showing lifted spice, dark berry aromas and a subtle hint of oak. The palate is medium bodied and shows incredible intensity and a seamless structure, with a wonderful balance of fruit, acid, oak and tannin.
Vat 9 Shiraz was the 25th most collected wine of 2019 (Wine Ark)