Named after a set of medieval wood eg stocks, which stand in the town of Woodstock in Oxfordshire, England, "The Stocks" Shiraz is Woodstock's flagship wine. This single vineyard Shiraz is made from 31 rows of low-yielding vines, planted circa 1900 on a sandy north slope of Woodstock Estate.
The old vines on sandy soils are inspected thoroughly during veraison each January; exposed branches are removed to prevent sunburn and hidden bunches are thinned to ensure even ripening. Ideally, each remaining bunch will have about two leaves between them and the sun, Yields are deliberately kept low and the vineyard essentially dry grown resulting in intense concentration of flavour.
The Shiraz fruit is harvested at night to preserve the delicate berry flavours. The grapes are then crushed and cold soaked for 24 hours before fermentation in small open fermenters and hand plunged twice daily for at least 5 days. The wine is pressed and then finishes ferment in carefully selected French and American oak barrels in a temperature controlled cellar. Each barrel is monitored, and only the finest selected to continue the lineage of Woodstock "The Stocks" Shiraz.
This wine is deep, dark red in colour with a purple tint. Plush, red and black fruits with a touch of died spice and toasty oak on the nose. The palate is full-bodied yet soft, with ripe tannins and mid-palate fruit harmoniously balanced, which lead to a structured and complex finish. A wine that perfectly reflects its terroir, variety and region with elegance of fruit and well-integrated oak.
This lush and structured Shiraz will stand up well to rich dishes like Braised Beed Stews and Venison dishes... Or just savour on its own at the end of a meal with some fine selected cheeses.