2015 MITCHELTON CRESCENT
SHIRAZ, GRENACHE & MOURVEDRE
The 2015 Crescent is medium crimson in colour with distinct brick red hues. Emanating from the glass is a complex mix of exotic spices and savoury elements amidst notes of cherry, mulberry and satsuma plum. Fine yet sumptuous, the medium bodied palate delivers an abundance of cherry and raspberry fruit cake flavours with a characteristic earthy spice providing regional rustic charm. Dusty cocoa-like tannins encase the many layers and provide persistence on the finish.
Timely rainfall at budburst ensured vines had a healthy start to the growing season following yet another dry winter period. January and February mean temperatures were slightly above average with rainfall close to median values. The warm summer conditions, moderate crop levels and healthy canopies lead to harvest commencing three weeks ahead of long term norms.
Vinification of the three different varieties is aimed at best harnessing the individual qualities inherent in each. Fermentation, maceration and length of skin contact
are individually tailored for each batch to ensure the gentlest extraction of colour, tannins and the truest expression of fruit. Following primary fermentation, Grenache and Mourvedre are matured in seasoned French barriques for a period of 14 months whilst the more robust Shiraz sees a proportion of new and seasoned French oak for up to 16 months. Careful assessment at blending is aimed at identifying the most expressive barrels from each batch in order to create the most harmonious and balanced blend.
Duck breast with confit leg, pommes anna, porcini broth.
Variety: Shiraz (44%) Mourvedre (35%) Grenache (19%)
Acidity: 6.2 gm/L Residual Sugar: 0.4 gm/L
Closure: Screw Cap Volume: 750ml Standard Drinks: 8.3