Morambro Creek Shiraz 2006
Opaque black purple colour with black purple hue. The nose is perfumed – top note of violet, blackberry, vanilla and spice with a touch of earth and liquorice over a black pepper background. Fine dry, balanced tannins. Aftertaste of blackberry, liquorice and spice all in balance with the alcohol.
Winemaking at Morambro Creek is very traditional and labour intensive. Oak maturation takes place using 35-40% new barrels with the oak type has traditionally been American. In good cellars, Morambro Creek Shiraz can age for anywhere from 7 to 10 years. This Shiraz was put together using select barrels from our family estate that best demonstrate the intensity of our fruit balanced by integrated oak.
Consistently mild weather during the growing season and leading up to harvest encouraged optimal ripening. Weather conditions during harvest were perfect, making for a smooth vintage. Grape berries were quite small and since yields were down, flavour was concentrated and quality enhanced.
At Morambro Creek, our sole objective is to produce the best wines possible from our unique vineyard site. Planted on own rootstock and located in the Padthaway valley which is comprised of rich Terra Rosa soils our estate vineyard benefits from excellent sun exposure producing grapes of optimum flavour, colour and tannin development. The heat generated during the day is moderated each evening by coastal winds that cool the vines and result in a longer ripening period. This extended period allows for the grape tannins and seed to fully ripen prior to being harvested, thus creating wines that are rich and supple on the palate.
Our pursuit of great wine can also be seen in the meticulous management of our vineyard. We strive for low crop yields and small grape bunches of intense flavour, and whilst we employ the latest technology in the vineyard to help us achieve vine balance and reduced vigour, we harvest when the fruit reaches full flavour development.
2008 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
2009 Wine Advocate # 181
International Wine Cellar – Josh Reynolds July ‘08