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Domaine Chandon Barrel Selection Shiraz 2015

Domaine Chandon Barrel Selection Shiraz 2015

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The cool climate of the Yarra Valley produces Shiraz fruit of consistently high quality. At Domaine Chandon we capture these pristine varietal characters and ensure our wines express regional integrity, great style and elegant sophistication. Our Barrel Selection wines represent the best barrels of the vintage, drawing from our diverse and exciting parcels of grapes.

Wine Profile
Bright purple, medium density with good clarity. The wine shows classic cool-climate aromas of dark plum and violet aromatics, balanced by bright blackberry fruit and nutmeg spice aromas. The palate opens with fine Shiraz berry and dark plum flavours, then expands with complex floral characters and “Persian spice box” aromas of cinnamon, rose petal and dried jasmine blossom. Tannins are fine like cocoa powder and serve to balance the supple acidity. Length is supported by balanced medium-bodied structure and excellent persistence of flavour.
This 2015 Barrel Selection Shiraz draws from two vineyards both in the Coldstream area of the Yarra Valley floor. On our doorstep at Yeringberg, mature vines grow on a north facing slope which has been pruned and managed for quality, with two Shiraz clones known for spice and perfume characters. Closer to Coldstream, on a warm west-facing hillside, Shiraz vines grow in harsh, rocky soil and produce grapes with concentration and character.
The Shiraz grapes were partially destemmed with three different treatments of up to 100% whole bunches and chilled before a prefermentation maceration of three days. This allowed for the evolution of tannin and supple structure, before the onset of alcoholic fermentation. Following this cold soak, the must was plunged by hand three times daily to encourage extraction of colour, flavour and tannins. The resultant wine was pressed before dryness and allowed to finish fermentation in small and large French oak barrels, using best quality French oak barrels. No new oak was used in this final selection. This was followed by malolactic fermentation in barrels and a further 11 months ageing with one careful racking. These three parcels were tasted and assessed barrel by barrel to determine the optimum balance and composition. The wine was gently filtered prior to bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
Beef cheeks braised with mashed potato; Duck leg confit with plum; Roast lamb with rosemary potatoes.
Other Notes
Mild conditions in late winter and a favourable start to spring resulted in an early budburst for varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Late spring and early summer provided ideal conditions leading into veraison. Summer remained mild, with few days in excess of 35°C. This, combined with good canopy cover and cool nights, resulted in one of the best vintages for early varieties since 2002. Abundant flavour with some of the best acid balance we have seen shows amazing promise for the complexity and longevity of the 2015 wines.
Wine Specs
6.2 g/L
Alcohol %

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