78% Hoffmann Church and Sand Block Ebenezer Mataro
15% Magnolia Rd Shiraz
7% Stonegarden Grenache
2500 bottles filled
The Hoffmann Church Block Ebenezer Mataro is farmed by Adrian Hoffmann and sits adjacent the St Johannis Kirche (St John's Lutheran Church) built in 1904. The block is a classic duplex soil of sandy loam over heavy red clay producing fruit with savoury, earthen characters. Farming processes include balanced hand pruning, bunch thinning, hand picking and hand fruit sorting. The fruit was picked at 14.1 Baume.
The Hoffmann Sand Block Ebenezer Mataro, also farmed by Adrian Hoffmann, was planted in 1999 and grows on a fine windblown siliceous sand over lying clay at depth. The fruit displays elegant red fruited aromatics along with spice and musky tones. The fruit was green bunch thinned just post veraison leaving only the best fruit to reach harvest. The fruit was picked at 13.4 Be and left on skins post fermentation for 150 days.
The Magnolia Road Shiraz was sourced from vines planted in 1996 which are dry grown on a deep alluvial bed of granitic sand producing fruit with brilliant fruit aromas and fine grain tannins. The block is farmed organically, rod and spur pruned, bunch thinned, handpicked, and the fruit hand sorted.
The Stonegarden Grenache was planted in 1858 and lies at 390m in elevation. Grocke Viticulture manages the vineyard which was farmed organically. The Grenache is from the original 1858 bush-vine planting with a total area of 8.5Ha planted at 2.4m x 2.4m vine spacing. The fruit was picked at 14.7 Baume and spent 181 days on skins.
All parcels underwent natural (wild yeast) fermentation, basket pressing, barrel ageing in French oak and no fining or filtration.