Red | Eight Bells Shiraz Tasting Note
2014 Eight Bells Shiraz
‘Eight Bells’ in nautical terms represents the finish of a sailor’s time on watch - a time to relax and enjoy something to eat and drink, and the company of other crew members. This wine is perfect for such occasions, be they at sea or on land...
Summer conditions were warmer than average with two heat waves through January and one in February, which tested the limits of grapevine tolerance to heat. Early in the season were high speed winds which reduced berry set, and the size of canopies. Rain in February rehydrated vines and freshened up vine leaves and started a pattern of cooler daytime temperatures which allowed fruit to finish ripening with moderate temperatures. The moisture boost also helped improve fruit balance on generally low crop levels.
Colour and Aroma
The colour is a deep red-black. The aroma features ripe dark red berries, spice and vanilla.
The palate is defined by regional characters of dark berries, including blackberry and red cherry, and ripe plum. Flavours of dark chocolate and anise also develop in the mouth, with a dash of spicy pepper. The full yet balanced palate is rounded out by soft tannins to provide a pleasing finish.
This wine is made to enjoy upon release, however it is expected that it will continue give excellent flavour at 3 to 5 years of age, assuming satisfactory cellaring conditions.