Liandra Mourvedre 2013
Colour: Deep ruby crimson, some light purpling.
Nose: A polished face is accented by lavender and violets which really contrast the focused background of coco and creamy blueberry. The evolving, nuanced aroma amalgamates dried stone fruit, white pepper, sarsaparilla, kirsch liqueur, Cherry-Ripe bars, roses, fresh cut mulberry, blackcurrant and fresh tobacco. It leaves you searching for the limit on this pure and elegant example.
Palate: Acidity, extract and fruit purity are showcased in this layered and multi-dimensional example. The fruit vibrancy will be best enjoyed in the first 12 years of its life and will become increasingly savoury profiled as it comfortably marches on for another 10+.
REGION: Clarendon, McLaren Vale: 10 kms N/E of McLaren Vale and 250 metres higher above sea level. Typically, Clarendon picks 2-3 weeks later than McLaren Val, enjoying cooler and longer ripening conditions.
CONDITIONS: Favourable 2009 winter rains were shadowed by bright sunny conditions in Spring. The healthy environment encouraged the vines to respond in retaliation to the prior vintages’ lowered crop levels. The vines shot fruit that looked healthy and was in abundance from day one. The consistent mild growing season saw fruit ripen earnestly. An unusual early veraison paved the way for continued steady development. Bunch thinning was was looking a certainty but the vines pulled the fruit in to line and all fruit was evenly ripened and looked outstandingThe Liandra Mourvedre vineyard is dry grown in coarse sandy, quartz rich soils which overlay Burra group conglomerate which is in the vicinity of 750 million years old. Hand picking took place over several passes to ensure optimal ripeness of the fruit.
WINEMAKING: Low yielding, dry grown vines are hand picked and a partial whole berry, entirely wild yeast fermentation is induced- highlighting the retention of the grape’s varietal and vineyard essence. Careful attention to minimize/avoid bitter and barky tannin often seen in Mourvedre extract saw slightly higher temperatures throughout maceration with a careful focus on extraction. All pressings are returned to the barrel at the discretion of the winemaker.
MATURATION: 18 months, within a hierarchy of 1-5 year old tightly grained French Oak. Barrels are finally hand selected by winemaking team. Bottled onsite without any fining or filtration.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Mourvedre
BEST DRINKING: 20013-2025
TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 14.5% TA: 5.3 g/Lt pH: 3.5
PRODUCTION: 8,000 Bottles