Red Knot Shiraz
Deep red with purple hues. Primary aromas of ripe, sweet strawberry and blackberry are laced with notes of summer roses and hazelnut milk chocolate. Luscious dark berry fruits flow across the palate and are channeled into the long, lingering finish by soft, chewy tannins and a fine minerality.
Gold Medal - 2015 China Wine & Spirits Awards, HK 2015 International Wine Challenge, Vienna Silver Medal - 2015 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2015 Selections Mondiales des Vins, Canada 2015 Royal Queensland Wine Show, class 36 2015 New World Wine Awards, NZ 2015 International Wine & Spirit Competition, UK 2015 Royal Adelaide Wine Show, class 29 2015 Royal Hobart Wine Show, class 23
A record number of 40°C+ days along with high winds during the growing season challenged growers. Establishing good canopy early, along with critical timing of supplementary irrigation, was essential. This was managed to near perfection by Michael and the vineyard team.
Harvest started early on Feb 5 with the McLaren Vale whites being completed before the rain on the 13th of February. McLaren Vale again proved why it is the most reliable wine grape district in the world with less than 50mm of rain falling at the Davey Estate, compared to more than 125mm north of Adelaide. Luckily the rain caused no damage and helped extend the ripening period. With the rain someone flicked the switch and turned off summer. The temperate dry autumn weather that followed was ideal allowing us to harvest as the fruit hit perfection. In the winery the longer than usual 6 week harvest window for reds allowed Dan to maximise the opportunities for extended ferments.