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Sourced exclusively from the 1974 planted block of shiraz at the western-most extremity of the vineyard. 100% shiraz. Equipoise to the No. 2. Drawn from soils with a higher clay base than the No. 2 thus wines generally more brooding and masculine, offering darker fruits/spice and chewier tannins with distinctly more savoury undertones. A higher percentage of stalks are added back to the ferments to lend juiciness plus extra cut and persistent tannin to the sweeping finish. Displays a signature iron/gravel earthiness that belies its roots in New World ground.
James Halliday says:
Medium-bodied; highly spicy/cracked pepper/black cherry/blackberry fruit; fine, persistent tannins, and good length.
14.5% alc. Rating 98