2015 Tasting Notes
99 % Shiraz, 1% Viognier
In 2015 we were able to produce 290 cases of La Maline.With La Maline we are seeking a pure, finely structured expression of Barossa Shiraz. Key contributers in achieving this are vine age, site altitude, a soil sympathetic to the style and dedicated vineyard husbandry. Vineyard altitudes range from between 360 and 500 m asl, three Vineyards are in Eden Valley and one is in the Barossa Valley.Vine age averages around 75 years. Soils are poor, generally loamy sands sitting over varied parent material bases, all are unirrigated.
Vinification was kept relatively simple. All fruit was hand harvested and cooled overnight. Around 30-40% of bunches were retained and fermented as whole clusters, the balance were destemmed. Approximately 1 % pressed Viognier marc was added during fermentation which were are undertaken in small open stainless steel and wooden fermenters with indigenous yeasts. Maceration times were generally between 12-20 days. Elevage on light lees was undertaken in a selection of thick staved 600 L demi muids and barriques. Unfined and bottled without filtration.
2013 Tasting Notes
Drawn from four vineyards growing in the gravel shot clays and degraded silty sand soils in the higher parts of the north west Barossa, Moculta, Eden Valley and the Eastern foothills. Vine ages range from between 20 and 70 years of age. Altitudes span 360 to 420 m.a.s.l.
Vibrant blue hued ruby.
This is the most masculine and classically regional La Maline yet released. Initially reserved with dark fruit and oak elements yet to settle to their final form. With time in the glass cardamom, pepper, dark rose, mulberry, ripe pomegranate and blonde tobacco lift over prune d’agent, crème cassis and dark leathery loamy base notes.
Bold and direct on attack, fleshy. Strong plum and blueberry fruits flow to a fresh finish driven by plum skin like acids and fine nutty tannin. The innate opulence of the Shiraz grape, the concentration of the vintage and high altitude vineyard provenance all find a counter balance.
2012 Tasting Notes
Vibrant blue hued ruby
Aromatically pure and un-evolved, fruit and oak elements yet to fully fuse. On first opening wood-smoke, dried thyme, white pepper and graphite sit over spiced cherry, red plum and jerky notes. Air brings the wine higher toned Shiraz florals and brambly black berry and cassis fruits –almost countering its strong savoury core.
Embryonic, intense, vibrant fruit on attack, sour red plum and red cherry turn to marjoram and sandalwood. A stony acid line and firm, fine, sanguine tannins maintain tension and freshness. Strong, lithe, pure. Fine boned yet potent Barossa Shiraz.