Morambro Creek Shiraz 2005
Very dark ruby colour. Lifted red and black fruits, with spice and minerals. On the palate, fresh blackberry with lots of chocolate and spice. Full bodied with savoury, integrated fruit tannins and a persistent finish, 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.
The 2005 summer was exceedingly cool with unseasonal rainfall in February. Fruit was under no disease pressure. The ripening continued steadily through autumn until picking in late April. As fine weather continued through the autumn the vintage came to very quick close. Varietal characters were very strong and overall assessment was extremely high.
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 New Zealand International Wine Show
2008 International Wine & Spirit Competition – “Best in Class 2008”
International Wine Cellar – Josh Reynolds July ‘07
2008 Winestate Magazine Nov ‘08