Strathbogie Ranges Victoria Australia
This 20 acre property was acquired by Jenny Houghton in 1994, for its viticulture potential and as a location for her bed and breakfast cottage. Three acres was hand planted in 1997 into a light sandy loam. It is ideally situated in the Strathbogie Wine Region right on the border with the Goulburn Valley.
Planting has increased to 6 acres; 2 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and 4 acres of Shiraz. Strict viticultural policy with pruning, spraying and hand picking has achieved the required low yield per vine. This has consistently produced small berries of intense colour and flavour.
The altitude of 200 metres, combined with the light sandy loam and intensive monitoring, has produced grapes that enable a wine of elegance and complexity to be produced.
2010 Reserve Shiraz
Labelled Reserve and indeed is reserved in personality; fine, fragrant and complex, and certainly not as concentrated as the 'normal'; the intriguing aspect to this medium-bodied and fragrant wine is the texture of the tannins, which are silky and fine, and the finish long and lacy; a wine that relies on subtlety rather than brute force, and all the better for it.
Bright deep crimson; Central Victorian shiraz often has a generous, almost soft and sweet-fruited palate, and this wine is no exception; mulberry, clove and nutmeg, in a medium-bodied and fleshy package; lots of charry oak on the finish, with a lick of acid as well.