Domaine Chandon Yarra Valley Shiraz 2014
In 2013 we took the decision to source Shiraz from the Yarra Valley. The Yarra Valley has a great diversity of mature sites which can produce finer styles of cool climate Shiraz with soft, silky tannins and juicy berry fruit flavours, alongside spice and floral elements. Domaine Chandon Shiraz 2014 displays delicious varietal aromas and a complex palate. Aromatically intriguing, full of charm and medium bodied in structure, the 2014 vintage showcases the complex flavours of Shiraz from cool climate Victoria.
Dense purple, bright with excellent depth and clarity. Juicy bramble fruits, blackberry compote, violet flowers and delicate baking spice. Dark cherry and blackberry fruit flavours are complemented by silky tannins. Great persistence and completely integrated oak flavours mark the finish of this modern
style Yarra Valley Shiraz wine.
The vineyards, planted on soil types identified as being ideal for producing
varietal Shiraz, contribute unique character and complexity to the final wine.
Shiraz grapes are drawn from vineyards with north facing slopes in the warmer
lower elevations of the Yarra Valley. Vineyards were meticulously maintained
during the growing season to achieve dappled light throughout the canopy,
ensuring the development of tannins and pristine varietal flavours.
Grapes were harvested when they were displaying optimum flavours of blueberry
and pepper. Each parcel was assessed and a combination of maceration methods
used to optimise aromatic and structural elements in the final wine, including
whole bunch inclusion in the musts and cold prefermentation. Warm fermentation
temperatures were managed in small open fermenters with daily plunging to
extract colour, flavour and tannins from the fruit. Complete malolactic fermentation
took place in fine French oak barrels followed by twelve months ageing. Following
this, the wine was clarified, blended and bottled.
Food Pairing Notes
Porterhouse steak with béarnaise sauce; Peking duck.
A season full of promise with good soil moisture and excellent bud burst soon
turned challenging with the untimely arrival of cold, wet and windy conditions
in September during flowering. This resulted in fewer bunches setting and a
reduced crop for many growers. Good weather favoured the remaining crop from
October to December. January arrived with warm summer conditions and a few
hot days to challenge the grapes but good soil moisture and a strong, vibrant
canopy permitted steady ripening under fantastic conditions. What had been a
challenging season for quantity had now turned to great optimism for exceptional
quality. Cool nights and bright sunny days allowed for the development of flavour
and maturity, resulting in beautiful fruit with intensity, freshness and abundant