Appearance: Deep red/purple in colour with a vibrant crimson hue.
Bouquet: An intense bouquet of plum and spice with supporting oak.
Palate: This 2017 Hunter Valley Shiraz displays layers of dark berry fruit flavours with a touch of spice and a fine, silky tannin structure. T he well integrated French oak leaves the palate full yet soft with great complexity and length.
Cellaring: Careful cellaring up to 10 years and beyond will be rewarded.
The Leogate estate tradition of bringing grapes into the winery from districts external to the Hunter Valley has continued in 2018 for the winemaking of "The Gatecrasher" series. This wine is made from grapes grown on our own Certified Organic Vineyard located int he Central Ranges of New South Wales.
This Cabernet Sauvignon displays delightfully rounded flavours of blackberry and blackcurrants that are well balanced by fine grained tannins. The gentle French oak maturation complements the varietal characters of the wine whilst adding structure and length of flavour. This lovely fruit rich wine can best accompany beef, game and cheese.
Cellaring: Excellent drinking now or medium term cellaring 2 - 10 years will be rewarded.
A winemaker selection of either the western or eastern blocks across the estate’s holdings that is is increasingly and inevitably, I am told, from the eastern side.
With the shading and attenuated ripening pattern, justifiably so. The result compacts a density of dark to mulberry fruit scents, with a leafy freshness embedded across a sinewy, firm tannic fiber.
Far more structured and authoritative than the other blocks due to tighter packed, compact grapes. This higher quotient of skin to liquid ratio imparts a full-bodied textural intrigue. Almost Italianate in its dry, structural pose. Savoury and inimitably Hunter.
The Leogate Estate Black Cluster Premium Hunter Shiraz is made from grapes grown on our 50 year old historic Black Cluster Vineyard, Mistletoe Lane, Pokolbin, Hunter Valley, NSW.
This single vineyard sits at the foothills of the Brokenback Mountain Range and the grapes are carefully selected from individual old vine Shiraz blocks, then fermented and matured using a selection of new and older French and American oak barrels.
This is a rich red wine displaying layers of red and blue fruits that are well complemented by sweetness and structure from the oak barrels. The presence of fine tannins and spicey notes contributes to the seamless palate, delivering a wine of greater character, intensity and balance.
The wine is ready for immediate drinking but also has excellent potential for careful cellaring up to 10+ years.