While the world has been preoccupied with so many other distractions, most of which have been a little unpleasant and extremely distracting, Turners Crossing Wines has been nurturing a very exciting little bundle of joy!..... in a bottle!
Yes, this little baby is bound to turn heads and make the wine toffs bolt upright! Not only does the new 2018 The Crossing Shiraz wear a completely new and stylish outfit with its stunning black wrap around label emblazoned with its distinctive topographical logo, but the contents of this delightful Shiraz presents the advent of a new era in winemaking for this special vineyard.
This Shiraz emanates from the 2018 vintage, an affable, even growing season, producing fruit with excellent acid, sugar and flavour balance. Following harvest, the fruit was transferred to open fermenters without de-stemming, where it was plunged and pumped over twice a day for three weeks. This allowed the luscious fruit character to be released into the viscous juices from the grapes along with all its pepperiness and spices to prepare for maturation. After pressing and a brief period of malolactic fermentation, the wine matured in large 5000L oak vats for 12 months before bottling in these impressive premium burgundy bottles, sealed with a cork and wax capsule.
The result is a divine assembly of the typical high quality Shiraz fruit from our exceptional Serpentine vineyard on the banks of the Loddon River. While the wine is certainly ready to drink now and has incredible fruit intensity, it is likely to continue to improve for some time, subject to good cellaring conditions.
What’s happening in the Vineyard? ...
Well, this vintage was quite extraordinarily positive. After a wet Spring and a very mild Summer which encouraged strong vigour and growth on the vines, fruit production was at an all time high. Yields exceeded estimates and fruit quality was exceptional.
With the completion of harvest it is as if the vines breathe a collective sigh of relief. The autumnal colours of the leaves begin to exert their prominence and senescence kicks in as the vines prepare for the onset of winter. The first cool breezes sweep the spent foliage from the vines and a gentle hush settles on the vineyard as man and machinery depart.
While there’s still maintenance work to be done around the property, it is generally a time to slow down just a bit and savour some of the products while enjoying the dappled light and peaceful serenity of the natural setting around us!
Don't forget to stock up for winter with a selection of our Back Vintage Wines and some treasure pleasures in our online store!
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For the rest of August (to help you make it through Winter!...) we are offering a deal on this special Block 25!
20% discount on RRP in packs of six and we’ll throw in a bottle of our special Picolit NV dessert wine!