The Fetherston Vintners 2016 Shiraz is crafted from a single parcel of 1654 clone fruit. Hand picked in late February, the fruit was fermented in a single batch of 80% destemmed whole berries and 20% whole bunches. After undergoing spontaneous fermentation, it was left on skins for an additional 30 days. The wine was then matured in a mixture of new (13%) and older French oak barriques for 12 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Deep red-violet in colour, this wine delivers aromas of blood plum, tobacco, violets, nutmeg and blackcurrants. On the palate there are greengage plums, blackberry bramble, a little black pepper, liquorice and some stemmy, tannic grip to give the wine drive and focus.
Single vineyard wine - Coldstream Victoria
200 dozen produced
2016 Fetherston Shiraz
'Fetherston is one the best value producers in Australia right now. It is because the quality is so good. This saw 20% whole bunches, was fermented wild, was left on skins for 30 days post ferment, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. It’s from a single vineyard at Coldstream. 200 dozen made.
It’s Yarra Valley shiraz to a tee. Ripe cherry-berried fruit, lots of dry spice and pepper notes, a smattering of leaves and a lick of anise. Oak whispers away in the background, as do gum leaf notes. It’s just a beautiful wine. So much finesse.'
- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front