The Schoolhouse Block slopes to the north east and the cuttings for the block were taken from the oldest ‘Busby’ shiraz vines in the Hunter.
2014 was our best vintage to date and we experienced lower than expected yields of 1.25 tonnes per acre. Manual labour in the vineyard meant that we could select the best rows and fruit to go into the Schoolhouse Block Shiraz and the reward was fruit with stunning concentrations of flavours.
Fermented on skins for 10 days with 20% whole bunches. We then matured the wine in large French oak barrels for 12 months (25% new), bottle aging for a further 12 months prior to release.
Red and dark fruits stamp themselves all over the palate, the tannins smoky, dusty and supple – they coat the mouth rather than dry it out. Extraordinary balance and length making this a stunning example of the heights that Hunter Valley Shiraz can reach in truly amazing years. There’s nothing here to suggest the wine cannot last three decades and maybe longer with perfect cellaring.
“Both the bouquet and palate have complex elements deriving from the very high (for the Hunter Valley) whole bunch component, but shares the medium-bodied freshness of its siblings” 97 points, to 2044, 2017 James Halliday Wine Companion
“If you’re hunting sweet fruit flavour you’ll definitely find it here but then, there’s a whole lot else going on besides”, 94 points, to 2029+, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front