Koonowla The Ringmaster Clare Valley Shiraz 2016
The colour is deep red with purple hues and has a bouquet that has rich red and black berry aromas.
The palate has good fruit intensity and length with cedar and oak spice balanced with fine long tannins and good acidity.
It was dry and cool from late August and into the New Year a small crop ensured that it was again an early vintage.
The fruit was picked in early March, destemmed and crushed before fermentation in Potter fermenters.
The juice was racked and returned once a day for 2 weeks and at sugar dryness the skins were pressed the wine was then transferred to tank and Malolactic fermentation was induced, once the malo was complete the wine was returned to oak were it aged for 18 months.
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Appellation: Clare Valley
Filtration and fining: Minimal at bottling
Varietal composition: 100% Shiraz
Length of barrel maturation: 18 months