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1891 ANCESTOR VINE SHIRAZ

$225.00

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BACKGROUND
When Thomas Hardy purchased the Upper Tintara Vineyard in
McLaren Vale in 1871, it heralded the foundation of one of Australia’s greatest
winemaking dynasties.

The original winery, later extended and improved by Hardy, was built by the
legendary Dr A.C. Kelly in 1863, the slate mined at nearby Delabole quarry in
the Willunga Hills.

WINEMAKING
We hand-picked 1.6 tonnes from seventeen rows of the Ancestor Vines
Block, planted in 1891, on the 22nd February, very early in historical
terms.

The fruit was destemmed and crushed before fermentation in a small
open fermenter for sixteen days, with hand plunging three times per
day. After fermentation was complete, the wine remained on skins for
two weeks before being basket pressed and transferred to second fill
French oak barriques.
The Ancestor Vine Shiraz spent nearly two years in these barrels
before being fined, filtered and bottled in February 2015.

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