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Longitude 138°33’06”
Latitude 35°10’13”
554 Feet = 169 Metres

Firehawk Farm Shiraz McLaren Vale 2017

Our Firehawk McLaren Vale Shiraz is a single vineyard perched atop an ancient ridge overlooking McLaren Vale, the Willunga escarpment and the Gulf of St Vincent.  Firehawk is our Native Bird of Prey that soar over our vineyards acting as scarecrows to other birds, rabbits and the like that eat ripening grapes.

Selected bunches were hand picked by family and friends in the 2nd week of March and gently crushed into open fermenters.  After 14 days fermentation the wine was then basket pressed into French oak Barriques, a third new, the balanced seasoned for 26 months maturation with minimal winemaking artefact before bottling, to capture the essence of the vineyard and will reward cellaring and decanting.

Tasting Notes

Densely yet brightly purple in body with violet streaks at rim edge.

Aromas of white chocolate and the best cocoa you can buy. Boysenberry, blackberry - both ripe but fine; then smells of wild strawberries and their foliage, with mulberry and cherry also in the air. In this youthful stage of its life, it really is all about the aromatics.

Here we find a natural partnership between the powdery, fine, dry and happy tannins of well-grown Shiraz with the intense, coiled power of pure McLaren Vale fruit. The tannins rest in the background with the acid keeping the blackberry, plum and wild raspberry fruit flavours well-puckered. The back palate and aftertaste become more elegant and refreshing, giving the wine real harmony.

It being both rich and savoury, mouth-filling yet elegant, this red wine has versatility when it comes to the table. For the brave try Dressed Honeycomb Tripe cooked in the Spanish manner with smoked paprika, sherry vinegar, tomato puree, too many aromatic vegetables, cider, and some chick peas for textural effect. Stew for 2 hours.

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  • Sommelier Wine Awards UK 2020 - Gold Medal
  • James Suckling - 91 Points
  • San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2020 - Silver Medal
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