The Old Faithful ‘Top of the Hill’ Shiraz 2012

$70.00

Only the best barrels were selected for the final ‘Top of the Hill’ Shiraz. Bottled with light filtration, no fining.

Varietal: Shiraz
Region: McLaren Vale
Country: Australia
Vintage: 2010
Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.6
Acidity: 6.2
Bottle size: 750 mL

Product Description

McLaren Vale is home to some of the most treasured Old Vine plantings in the world today, with the earliest known plantings dating back to 1860’s. We affectionately refer to them as “The Old Faithful”. They are a resource we treasure dearly.

The Old Faithful Wine Company is an artisan producer of small quantities of exceptional wines from older, exceptional single vineyards. We look for vineyards that are expressive of McLaren Vale, the vintage and the variety and only release our wines when the wines display these finest characters. With the Rhone as its inspiration – Shiraz, Grenache and sometimes Mourvedre grace our portfolio. Made to age gracefully, we believe in and recommend our wines and hope you can enjoy the magic of ‘The Old Faithful’. The ‘Top of the Hill’ Shiraz is another expressive site in McLaren Vale. Over 40 years old and perched at the “Top of the Hill” in the north of McLaren Vale with commanding views and hard schist loam soils, these vines have natural low vigour and produced some of the best fruit of the vintage. After harvesting, the grapes undergo cold soak in an open tank then ferment slowly over a week or more. On pressing the wine was transferred to seasoned French oak barrels to complete fermentation and add structure to the wine. Only the best barrels were selected for the final wine. Bottled with light filtration, no fining.
Vintage

The ‘Top of the Hill’ Shiraz is another expressive site in McLaren Vale. Over 40 years old and perched at the “Top of the Hill” in the north of McLaren Vale with commanding views and hard schist loam soils, these vines have natural low vigour and produced some of the best fruit of the vintage.

After harvesting, the grapes undergo cold soak in an open tank then ferment slowly over a week or more. On pressing the wine was transferred to 100% French oak barrels to complete fermentation and add structure to the wine. Only the best barrels were selected for the final wine. Bottled with light filtration, no fining.

Varietal: Shiraz
Region: McLaren Vale
Country: Australia
Vintage: 2012
Alcohol: 14.5%
pH: 3.54
Acidity: 6.8
Bottle size: 750 mL

100% Seasoned French oak Hogsheads for 30 months.
Eyes: Opaque, saturated purple.
Nose: Briary, bramble bush…reminiscent of wild blackberries. Nougat and mocha oak notes with a hint of liquorice and forest floor.
Mouth: Tannic, full and rich with stoney, mineral palate and black fruits with length and crisp acidity. Full flavoured and persistent but needs time for the tannins to integrate and resolve.
Body: full
Winemaker: Nick Haselgrove
Growing conditions: The ‘Top of the Hill’ Shiraz is another expressive site in McLaren Vale. Over 40 years old and perched at the “Top of the Hill” in the north of McLaren Vale with commanding views and hard schist loam soils, these vines have natural low vigour and produced some of the best fruit of the vintage.
Winemaking notes: After harvesting, the grapes undergo cold soak in an open tank then ferment slowly over a week or more. On pressing the wine was transferred to seasoned French oak barrels to complete fermentation and add structure to the wine. Only the best barrels were selected for the final wine. Bottled with light filtration, no fining.
Drinking window: 2015 – 2037
Reviews:

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – Campbell Mattinson : 95 pts

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Detailed Tasting Notes