Peter Teakle | Merlot
This Shiraz has richness and intensity while still having elegance and fine tannin structure. There are aromas of bright red berry fruits and cherries. The palate is silky smooth with white pepper and fruit cake spice. The finish is long and fine, with cassis and cigar box tannins.
Drink now or cellar for up to 10 years.
The first of the Estate red wines is the 2017 Shiraz, which was hand picked mid March 2017. It was crushed and destemmed into an open fermenter, and hand plunged twice daily for 14 days before being pressed to 25% new oak, including French and American Oak. Malolactic fermentation occurred in oak. The wine was rack and returned 3 times while in barrel and matured for 18 months in oak. Wine was lightly filtered before bottling in February 2019.
Situated on the Teakle property in Port Lincoln, 2 kilometres from the foreshore, with 150 meters elevation. The soils are a rich combination of sandy loam topsoil overlying a friable red-brown clay loam subsoil. The moderately warm summer temperatures and maritime breeze allow perfect ripening conditions in the vineyard. The long sunshine hour days encourage even ripening of the grapes, while the gentle breeze helps cool the bunches, retaining the beautiful natural acidity.