The First Cut Story
The principle behind our first cut wines revolves around the winemaking term ‘first cut’ in which during the pressing cycle the softer free run juice/wine is separated from the second cut or pressings. This principle flows through to the style of First Cut wines, producing wines with great drinkability well suited to be enjoyed with food or as a drink with friends.
The last Month of the 2014 Harvest in McLaren Vale was cool, producing lighter brighter and more structured Shiraz.
Bright and intensively aromatic, the nose sings of the vintage and variety. Fresh cute herbs and red berry fruits with subtle spice and complimentary charry oak.
Fresh fruited with excellently balanced acidity and finely structured. This is a wine that will grow in stature as it ages.
Selected from multiple sites through the McLaren Vale region, each displaying a unique site character which integrate well to form the final blend. Willunga area offers fruit with dark berries and hints of fennel with chewy tannins while McLaren Flat offers for lifter floral notes and finer tannins.
De-stemmed to a combination of open and static fermenters, Left on skins for between 6-8 days and pumped over 2-3 times per day. Pressed off skins with a small portion going to oak to finish secondary fermentation. The remaining completing MLF in stainless. Aged for 12 months on French Oak before bottling.
Region: McLaren Vale
Harvest Dates: 18th Feb – 4th March
Bottling Date: 28th September 2015
Release Date: 28th September 2015
Cellaring: Drink Now to 2020