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Three Lions Shiraz

Three Lions Great Southern Shiraz

Three Lions Great Southern Shiraz

2018 will be recorded as one of (if not the) best vintages in the Great Southern’s 50-year history. Ideal growing conditions throughout the entire season, with the ideal amount of winter and spring rains, resulted in excellent canopy development, flowering and fruit set. Cool, sunny conditions throughout veraison allowed for optimal picking and an easy harvest, with minimal disease or weather issues.
The Three Lions wines are from Plantagenet. The name Plantagenet was given to the shire in Western Australia by early English settlers and was adopted by the winery when it was established in 1974. The arms of the Gules family, who later became the Plantagenet dynasty, were three lions passant guardant, termed colloquially “the arms of England”. They were first adopted by King Richard the Lionheart (reigned 1189– 1199), son of King Henry II of England (reigned 1154– 1189), and grandson of Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou. Plantagenet the winery is self-sufficient, with 126 hectares of vineyard in Great Southern. All their wines are made from estate fruit. Their Three Lions label, with a link to the name Plantagenet, showcases the quality of grapes from across their various sites.
Grapes for the Three Lions Shiraz are sourced from 2 subregions within the Great Southern area of western Australia. 85% of the fruit comes from 25+ year-old vertical shoot positioned, cordon spur pruned vines that grow on soils composed of sand, gravel and ironstone. The remaining 15% comes from 20-year-old vines that are planted on deep gravel soils, also vertical shoot positioned and cordon spur pruned to enable easy foliage removal and
reduce the risk of disease.
The fruit was machine harvested in the cool of night and cold soaked for seven days prior to fermentation to ensure gentle extraction and layered tannin development. The must was allowed to warm naturally and undergo fermentation at approximately 25°C. It was then pressed at dryness and aged in a mixture of older barriques and stainless steel with careful oak integration. This Shiraz has a fruit forward style with elegant, well-structured tannins that typifies the cool Great Southern region.
This wine boasts intense spiced plum aromas with a dusting of black pepper and some liquorice complexity. The palate is full flavoured with the sweet plum characters sitting on the mid-palate supported by elegant, plush tannins.

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The Plantagenet’s were the first truly armigerous royal dynasty of England meaning they were entitled to strike and bear various coats of arms. The arms of this noble, later royal, family, Gules, three lions passant guardant, termed colloquially “the arms of England” were first adopted by King Richard the Lionheart (1189–1199), son of King Henry II of England (1154–1189), son of Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113/17–1151).
These Three Lions signified royalty, history, power and a code of conduct that was instantly recognized wherever they were displayed.
So too with this range of wines. They are from the oldest established winery in Great Southern – they are wines with power and provenance. The Three Lion coat of arms of Plantagenet Wines is a recognized symbol of quality and value.

Three Lions Great Southern Shiraz is a great Western Australian wine

Producer: Colour: RedGrape: ShirazRegion: Western Australia, Great SouthernVintage: 2018Grape Details: pinot noirSKU: PLANT08

£16.99 a bottle

29 in stock



“The Plantagenet wines enjoy enormous success. The purity of fruit captured by winemaker Richard Robson, allied to their reasonable prices, illustrate the reasons for this success.
While the Plantagenet wines all come from grapes grown in mature vineyards in Mt. Baker, the Omrah range is made from fruit from younger vineyards, or from bought in fruit. This range also offers excellent value, something that has made them a hit in Australia.

Western Australia

The largest region in Western Australia and has four sub-regions, Albany, Frankland River, Mount Barker and Porongurup. As with Margaret River the suitability of this region for premium quality wines was as a result of two research reports from Californian viticulturalist Professor Harold Olmo and the Western Australian scientist Dr John Gladstone in the 50s and 60s and the ongoing enthusiasm of Bill Jamison, the Western Australia’s state viticulturaist at the time. In 1965 there were experimental plantings at Forest Hill. Further trials took place and by 1972 the first harvest was sent to Houghtons and Sandalford for winemaking by Jack Mann and his son Dorham. What transpired was development that gained momentum in the 70’s and accelerated in the 80’s. The climate is maritime influenced Mediterranean, with significant differences reflected between the sub-regions. The main wine styles: Red – Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir; White – Riesling, and Chardonnay.


flourish in a range of climates. In the warm to hot climates you can expect extremely intense aromatic, rich, full bodied wines, with hugh fruit (almost sweet) and chocolately tasting. In the more moderate/cooler climates you’re more likely to find structured Shiraz wines with black cherry, pepper and spice characters rather than the chocolate and fruit styles found in warmer climates.

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