Mariginiup Shiraz 2018

$28.00

Rich, ripe, red berry aromas complement hints of plum, aniseed, dark chocolate and sweet oak. A uniquely soft but full, bold and complex palate is balanced by silky smooth tannins, subtle integrated oak and a grippy finish.

 

Different vinification of the dominant Swan Coastal Mariginiup portion from that of the Miamup Road vineyard in Margaret River (both estate), resulted in a mix of 30% new American oak and 10% new French oak, the Swan wine pressed direct to the former, the Margaret River to the latter, in each case with used French oak making up the balance. Ripe cherry and plum fruits have a savoury backdrop, the tannins fine but persistent. Rating: 90 points Cellaring: to 2029. James Halliday Wine Companion 2018

 

Tasting Notes & Reviews

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Description

Vineyard

For over 50 years, shiraz has been sourced from our Mariginiup vineyard located on the unique Tuart soils just north of Perth. The ever-increasing sprawl of Perth has diminished the size of the vineyard to only two acres which is still used as the core fruit in the blend. The Miamup Road fruit is grown on quartzy light soils over clay which produces fruit with ripe soft tannins not dissimilar to that of the old Mariginiup vineyard. Our aim each year, for the final blend, is to select the best parcels of fruit that represent the Mariginiup style.

Harvest
Both vineyards were hand-harvested. The Mariginiup vineyard on 1 March with the slightest amount of berry shrivel; The Miamup Road block was harvested on 23 March in pristine condition and juicy fruit characters.

Winemaking

Following de-stemming and crushing, the Mariginiup fruit was fermented in 3 tonne concrete open fermenters for seven days with regular pump-overs and hand-plunging. It was then basket-pressed directly to new American oak. The Margaret River fruit was also fermented for a longer, cooler fermentation to retain greater fruit flavours. A small portion was pressed directly to new French oak for the completion of fermentation. The remainder to tank where it was transferred to seasoned French oak once malolactic fermentation was complete. All components were kept separate until the final blend was assembled with the intention to keep the style consistent with previous Mariginiup vintages. The 2018 vintage was a slightly cooler year, resulting in a more elegant style.

Nose
The bouquet exhibits ripe red berry aromas with hints of plum, aniseed, dark chocolate and sweet oak.

Palate
A uniquely soft but full, bold and complex palate is balanced by silky smooth tannins, subtle integrated oak and a grippy finish.

Food
Enjoy with lean grilled and roasted red meats or robust provincial Mediterranean dishes.

Cellaring
Drink now or cellar with confidence for up to 10 years.

This wine continues a long line of single vineyard vintages that date back to the 1970s.

 

PREVIOUS AWARDS

 

Mariginiup Shiraz 2011
Silver Medal
Japan International Wine Challenge 2013

Mariginiup Shiraz 2010
Gold Medal
Japan International Wine Challenge 2012

Mariginiup Shiraz 2009

Silver Medal
Japan International Wine Challenge 2011

Mariginiup Shiraz 2008
Gold Medal
Swan Valley Wine Show 2010

Mariginiup Shiraz 2002
Silver Medal

Japan International Wine Challenge 2005

Mariginiup Shiraz 2001
Bronze Medal
London International Wine Challenge 2004

 

 

 

Mariginiup Shiraz 1999
Silver Medal
London International Wine Challenge 2002

 

Mariginiup Shiraz 1999
Silver Medal
Japan International Wine Challenge 2001

 

Mariginiup Shiraz 98
Gold Medal
London International Wine Challenge 2000

 

Mariginiup Shiraz 1997
Trophy
Swan Valley & Regional Winemakers Association Show 1999

 

Mariginiup Shiraz 1997
Gold nomination
Sheraton Perth Wine Awards 1999

 

Mariginiup Shiraz 1996
Trophy
Swan Valley & Regional Winemakers Association Awards 1998

 

Mariginiup Shiraz 1996
Silver Medal
Japan International Wine College 1998

 

Mariginiup Shiraz 1992
Silver Medal
Sheraton Perth Wine Awards 1993

Additional Information
Weight 1.5 kg
Dimensions 9 × 9 × 30 cm