Bleeding Heart Shiraz (12pk)
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Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz
Region: South Australia
Winemaker: Jim Zerella
Summary: Bleeding Heart Wine was born from a shared passion in the wines and vineyards of South Australia. The ancient soils and moderate climate create rich and full bodied wines that are incredibly satisfying. Few that experience the lifestyle of food and wine or the beautiful landscape could argue that it is not better a bleeding heart than none at all.
Vineyards: Sourced from a combination of established, dry-grown vineyards in central South Australia and low-yielding McLaren Vale vineyards. Wines are made and matured by Jim Zerella in McLaren Vale. The combination of two regions delivers well-balanced wines with excellent intensity of flavour whilst maintaining elegance and versatility as a food match.
Winemaking: Fruit is chilled before de-stemming and a cold soak for three days. Each parcel is fermented separately with the McLaren Vale Shiraz fermented in small open two tonne vessels before maturation in two to four year old oak barrels for six months.
Vintage 2021: If 2020 was all about the heat, then 2021 will be remembered as the wet season. In many parts of Australia, it was unseasonably wet in Winter but not at critical times to do damage nor impact the resultant ripeness of the grapes. A cool and dry summer meant even ripening was achieved between dry and rainy spells and the ensuring fruit quality was excellent and for once yields were up making for a bumper harvest in 2021.
Tasting Note: A bright, lifted nose of red fruits, chocolate and subtle spices harmonising comfortably with subtle oak influence. The palate is mouth-filling and rich with ripe fruit flavours of blackberry and depth of ripe South Australian fruit making it perfect with a chargrilled steak.