2020 Smalltown Vineyards The Black Craft Shiraz

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2020 Smalltown Vineyards The Black Craft Shiraz

Germans were the first free immigrants into Australia in the 1850s onwards. They planted Shiraz in Barossa. Germans also invented letterpress in the 1500s. The suspicion around the “magick” of a printing press coupled with the inky hands of the printers meant that the art became known as the Black Craft. The wine is an homage to both the German influence of the oldest wine-making in Australia, as well as the letterpress.

Tasting Notes 

A compelling, dark and rich chocolately beast. A classic Barossa Shiraz with intense savoury flavours of thick blackberry compote, black pepper and typical iron-rich beefy flavours. Not a hint of jam here, no sweetness, this is serious Shiraz for grown-ups with balanced acidity, a touch of cocao powder in the finish and tremendous length.

2020 Smalltown Vineyards The Black Craft Shiraz Tasting Notes

Production Method

This Shiraz is sourced from the finest available vineyard sites across the premium Northern Barossa Valley including for the most part Greenock, Western Ridge and Ebenezer. Aged 11 months in a variety of oaks, all American and French, new and old, around 35% new. All oaks were AP John, Barossa coopered. As usual withSmalltown, it was fermented in open fermenters. They don’t set the blades too close together during crushing so a fair bit of whole berry in the ferment which gives the wine generous fruit and soft tannins.

Specifications

Year 2020
Bottle Size 750ml
Cultivar 100% Syrah
Country Australia
Alcohol content
14% alc vol 
Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.5 units
Type Red Wine
Food Matches As the name implies, black is the key - anything chargrilled would be superb here, so think griddle pans and barbecues!
Allergen Information Contains sulphites
Origin South Australia
Appellation Barossa