Crabtree Watervale Shiraz is produced from a single vineyard block, with vines warmed by the northerly aspect of the estate. Planted in rich red loam and clay these 40+ year old vines produce luscious thick skin berries that are hand-picked just at the moment of full ripening for intensity of flavour producing a classic Clare Valley shiraz and a satisfying palate overflowing with dark fruit, tannins and oak finely balanced.
With lifted berry fruit flavours of mulberry and plum skin, Watervale shiraz shows lifted spicy aromatics with a bold and concentrated structure. The handpicked fruit was open fermented and basket pressed using traditional methods and matured in a blend of one year old and two year old French oak barriques for 12-14 months.
Cellar or Savour – to drink now best served decanted. With careful cellaring this wine should mature gracefully for 8+ years.