Richard Hamilton, Centurion, Shiraz (121 year old vines), McLaren ValeRichard Hamilton
Deep dense red with ruby highlights.
Full ripe and superbly varietal Shiraz highlighted with integrated French oak to show cedar, vanilla and mocha characters.
Full bodied palate of great length, but tempered with fine, long tannins to give finesse, elegance and style.
Savour this wine in large fine glass to complement venison, duck or lamb backstrap.
This wine is designed to mature and develop to give many years of drinking pleasure
The essential element in the making of Centurion is the critical quality selection of the fruit from the 1892 plantings. All of the fermentations were carried out in small static fermenters with pump-overs three-six times a day or in hand plunged 600 kg fermenters in which trials of whole bunch and whole berry fermentations were undertaken. Following gentle pressing, free run and pressings were matured separately in French oak, with two workings to soften and mature the wine. From these components the final blend was assembled. All handling of this wine during its maturation was done without pumping. A major emphasis is in the promotion of long silky tannins on the palate and a lively fruit that will mature elegantly over a long period.
Initially 40% New French, then matured in 45% 1 year old balance in well seasoned barrels for 16 months