Sam Plunkett Major Plains Vineyard Shiraz 2016

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by Sam Plunkett

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93% of 414

This sumptuous single vineyard Shiraz has been given the VIP treatment by Sam

    • When Scott Feldtmann (who looks after the Gentle Annie vineyard) offered me some pristine fruit from his own vineyard, Major Plains, I knew it would be too good an opportunity to pass up! The vineyard is dry grown and produces a very small crop of intensely coloured and concentrated fruits.
    • To show at its best, high end red wine needs new oak barrels, and these are expensive. Bond funding helped me to buy the best oak which lets this wine sing. Truth is, I wouldn’t be making this wine without the fantastic support of Bondholders!
    • An impressive inky depth fills your glass with a purple rim. It has a great intensity of flavour - rich and powerful with great length. There is also a velvetiness to it, which makes it attractive to drink rather than just being all about power. I hope you’ll be blown away by it!

    Sam, Winemaker

Ageing advice
Drink now to 2030. With red meat to soften the tannins this wine can be enjoyed now, but I think this is one of those wines which will shine with 3-4 years bottle age. And for people who like the savoury characters of seriously mature wine, this Shiraz has the structure and high flavour intensity to let it age a decade or more.

Serving advice
Serve at 15-16°C. Open/Decant 30 minutes before serving

Local food match
Delicious with char-grilled steak.

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