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Driftwood Estate Artifacts Shiraz

Driftwood Estate Artifacts Shiraz

A vibrant, complex bouquet of black cherry liqueur, raspberries, sweet vanilla spice and savoury notes supported by well integrated toasty oak.

BLEND 98.6% Shiraz, 0.8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 0.7% Malbec COLOUR Brilliant deep ruby red with purple hues. AROMATICS A vibrant, complex bouquet of black cherry liqueur, raspberries, sweet vanilla spice and savoury notes supported by well integrated toasty oak. PALATE The full bodied palate has dense, rich juicy black fruits, vibrant cherries and raspberries, dark chocolate and aniseed, enveloped by supple succulent coating tannins, bright acidity and lovely lingering sweet spiced oak, bright acidity and lovely lingering sweet spiced oak. A youthful wine that will reward with time. Decant before drinking. OAK MATURATION 33% New (92% French, 8% American) for 15-18 months. AGEING POTENTIAL 10 years. WINEMAKING All batches were machine harvest and crushed to tank. A mixture of prefermentation cold soak and immediate yeast inoculation techniques were used to harness the unique array of characteristics coming from each block and variety. Colour and phenolics were gently extracted using aerative and closed pump-over techniques. Once primary ferment and MLF were compete in tank they were transferred to a mixture of new and old barrels for 15-18 months maturation in oak. VINTAGE 2018 Margaret River just keeps on giving, another great season that started early, continued warm, provided some nervous moments but finished solidly. Excellent canopy management in the vineyard and careful netting to protect against bird damage allowed the whites to build intensity of flavour and aromas in line with balanced acid. Harvest commenced on the 5th February with the final harvest being Driftwood’s newly grafted Cabernet Sauvignon in block 2 on 8th April, showing bucket loads of promise for the future.

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Driftwood Estate Artifacts Shiraz – another great wine from Western Australia

Producer: Colour: RedGrape: AustralianRegion: Western AustraliaAlcohol: 14.5%Vintage: 2018Grape Details: ShirazSKU: DRIFT02

£23.00 a bottle

27 in stock


Driftwood Estate

Driftwood Estate is a boutique winery set in the stunning Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River, Western Australia. Established by Tom and Helen Galopoulos in 1989 on what had previously been a country retreat, the winery immediately received acclaim when its first wine, a Semillon produced in 1993, won a special commendation in a British competition.
In 2009, leading Australian wine writer James Halliday rated Driftwood Estate as one of the best wineries in the Margaret River region. This result has continued into the 2018 Wine Companion, where Driftwood Estate has again been rated a 5 Star Winery. The vine resources are exceptional, having had years of nurturing to ensure they produce premium fruit showcasing the Wilyabrup sub-region beautifully.
The winemaking philosophy behind the Driftwood wines is one of simplicity – quality wines are made in the vineyard. While winemaking can have a positive input, having premium quality fruit is essential. This is why Driftwood Estate is so fortunate to be located in one of the greatest viticultural areas in the world, sourcing super premium fruit year in year out. With premium quality fruit, our wine making philosophy is all about protecting and expressing the qualities found in the grapes, so that the wine lover can enjoy the pure, varietal and regional flavours from the Wilyabrup sub-region of Margaret River.

Western Australia

This state is a relatively small contributor to the country’s grape plantings. However it does not stop the state being responsible for some of the finest wines coming out of Australia. This region clearly has a turning point in its wine producing status. Research reports from Californian viticulturalist Professor Harold Olmo, in the 1950s, and the Western Australian scientist Dr John Gladstone, in the 1960s, indicated that the more southern cooler regions of Western Australia where very well suited for production of world quality wines. Now these regions: Margaret River, Great Southern and Pemberton are the major wine producing regions of Western Australia. Margaret River region is now one of the premium regions of Australia and regarded along with Coonawarra and Yarra Valley as one of the three premium Cabernet Sauvignon areas in Australia.

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