The Don Crystal Hill Shiraz 2003 – 6pks
Late last century, Don and Jenny Lewis planted a special selection of Shiraz interspersed with Viognier and Tempranillo on Crystal Hill, an unusual rise that breasts the Goulburn River in the heart of the historical grape growing region of Nagambie, Central Victoria.
Crystal Hill is formed of ancient gravel soils ribbed with reefs of ironstone and quartz and as the name suggests, quartz crystals are scattered throughout the vineyard. Thin topsoil, tough growing conditions and no irrigation forces the roots to search deep for nutrients, guaranteeing richness, finesse and individuality in wines made from these low cropping bush vines.
Varietal(s): Shiraz, Viognier & Tempranillo
Appellation: Goulburn Valley 100%
Vintage: The string of drought,s that began in 1998, continued resulting in this fruit being harvested mid March. The vines responded to the difficult conditions by producing an exceptionally low crop of small bunches and berries with a high concentration of fruit flavour.
Colour: Deep burgundy
Nose: Lifted black forest cake characters, cigar box and warm earthy notes.
Palate: Finely structured wine with good fruit sweetness across the mid palate, dark chocolate flavours, chalky tannins with a lingering aftertaste.