Tellurian Wines

Sommet Shiraz 2019

Our Sommèt Shiraz is privy to a cooler micro-climate in it's position atop the Mount Camel ridge-line in a natural amphitheatre, often ripening 2-3 weeks later than the rest of our Shiraz parcels. Intense and long dark fruits followed by a minerality reminiscent of wet slate, the cooler parcels lending a vibrancy through their higher acid content. Drink now or hold.

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"It’s so intense and long. Fabulous is the word. Drink or hold." - James Suckling. 97 points.

"Density, precision and complexity work hand in hand with florals, fine ground spices, bay leaf, black cherry, blackberry and earth carried by fine tannins to a resounding, long finish." - James Halliday. 95 points

VINEYARD

The Sommet shiraz block is a small 0.6ha block, consisting of 35 rows, and 5000 vines. This close planted block was configured with 1.6m row spacings and 0.75m between each vine. This block was planted at the most elevated point of our vineyard, on a steep south/west facing slope below the ridgeline of the Mount Camel range, on deep Cambrian era decomposed greenstone rock formed over 500 million years. 

VINTAGE

2019 was a warm, dry year although with enough moisture to ensure a steady ripening of the vineyard. Intensity of fruit and rich aromatic quality are the hallmarks of the year, with harvest taking place accross our Toolleen site from late Feburary into early April.

WINEMAKING

Fermented in small open fermenters with 10% fermented as whole bunches. 18 days on skins. Pressed to 1-2 year old 600L demi-muids and barriques. The wine remained in barrel for 8 months prior to bottling.