Shiraz McLaren Vale South Australia
Previously known as the Old Vines Shiraz, a portion of the fruit comes off vines purchased by Joseph Rowe Osborn almost a century ago. Joseph was one of the most successful racehorse owners in South Australia until 1912, when he sold his stable to buy the d'Arenberg property. Footbolt was one of Joseph's champion horses. A very approachable wine in its youth, the soft rich middle palate, terrific texture and long rolling finish, can last for decades, as a half century of exquisite vintages have shown. Always decant The Footbolt before service.
Small batches are treated to the Demoisy open mouthed, rubber toothed crusher and transferred to five tonnes, headed down open fermenters. Foot treading is undertaken two thirds of the way through. When tannin extraction is just right the wine is basket pressed and transferred to a mixture of new and seasoned French and American oak barriques and large casks for completion. The barrel fermented component is aged on lees to slow ageing and reduce oak influence. The wine remains unracked until assemblage. Chester and the winemaking team undertake an extensive barrel tasting process to determine the final blend. Footbolt does not undertake fining or filtration prior to bottling. Alcohol 14.5%
A dark, cherry red hue. Pretty floral nose of violets, lavender and rose water dance along with purple varietal fruits, a touch of cedar adds charming spice. Palate opens with varietal bravado and a mixture of red and purple fruits. Raspberry, blueberry and plum make way for a regional mocha character and an extra layer of complexity that includes graphite and roasted meats. Finishes with a cinnamon spicy lift and fresh, fine grain powdery tannins. Ripeness is well in check and the acid keeps the fresh and juicy palate focused.