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2015

Shiraz

Region:

McLaren Vale

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STORY

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An apex of the Alpha Box & Dice big reds, unrivalled in boldness, strength and power, Hercules is a gift from the heavens for those who seek rich tannins and dense fruit.

With Shiraz commanding utmost respect in the McLaren Vale region, Hercules muscles up as a full-bodied, maximum impact wine – ready to tackle any competitor and prove its might. The AB&D winemaking team treat Hercules like any prize fighter; handcrafting it to be lean and honest, using small batch, minimal intervention and vegan friendly methods. It is only made in exceptional years when the vintage conditions are perfect for producing ultra premium Shiraz. Hercules rises fresh and victorious from its slumber – ready to take on anything from a hearty meal to the Twelve Labours. Dark, brooding and powerful, we bow our heads in silence and accept this elixir of the gods.

Winemaking

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Hercules is a single vineyard wine from Blewitt Springs, being late ‘90s plantings on own roots. The elevation is 125m-130m with Western aspect, and the unique Blewitt Springs soil composition of sand over limestone/calcrete. The fruit was machine harvested in the early hours of the morning, destemmed and inoculated with a neutral yeast to ensure vineyard purity. Fermented for 14 days on skins and pressed off to tank at 4 baume. It was cap managed during fermentation suing 15 minute pump-overs twice daily. It was matured in new and old French barriques for 48 months, with 50% new oak, making it the AB&D wine with the most new oak exposure.

Tasting Notes

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LOOKS LIKE… A knockout.

SMELLS LIKE… Spice of anise, cinnamon and clove. Raisins, chocolate and rose petals.

TASTES LIKE… Full-bodied palate weight with an initial sweetness that finishes with soft-yet-bright tartness, supported by velvety tannins and solid structure.

DRINK WITH… Cigars and beef cheek.

CELLAR FOR… Up to 50+ years.