The Broken Quartz Shiraz label is generally made from fruit harvested from the lower lying end of Block B and Block C. As a rule of thumb, these Shiraz vines carry greater vigor and fruit opulence than the more elevated vines.
If 2011 was the harvest that would never come nor end, 2012 was perfection to the 'Nth' power. Leighton regarded this as the easiest vintage he's seen yet and yet naturally low crop loads with moderate ripeness levels continued the wound up 'Broken Quartz' that you've come to love.
The grapes were harvested starting in late February, two weeks earlier than usual. The bunches looked clean and as close to perfect as it comes. They were fermented naturally in stainless steel with 20% whole cluster. After nearly a month, the grapes were pressed directly to barrel and left to rest quietly for 11 months. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
If 2011 was Crozes-Hermitage, 2012 is a bit more Hermitage like with just a bit more of everything in comparison to 2011. Fragrant aromas of blackberry, violet and licorice, along with a spicy touch of black pepper. Appealingly sweet and fleshy, with juicy dark berry flavors accented by floral pastilles and licorice. The spicy, very persistent finish features chocolate and blueberry flavors and fine-grained, fully absorbed tannins.
- Region: Pyrenees
- Varietal: 100% Shiraz
- Vintage: 2012
- Vineyard: Pyren Vineyard
- Vine Age: 13 years old
- Viticulture: Practicing Organic
- Yield: 2 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Gray & Brown Loam with Shattered Quartz
- Oak: 11 months in French barrique (15% new)
- Production: 3,000 cases
Vines were first planted in this region in 1848, and after 150 years of fitful development the Pyrenees has finally assumed its proper role as an important producer of full-bodied red wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Chardonnay also does well; producing wines of considerable complexity and is joined by Sauvignon Blanc in cooler vintages. Learn More »
The Pyrenees region of Victoria is renowned for producing elegant cool climate red wines of great finesse and it is Pyren Vineyard's endeavor to mirror this reputation from its 70 acre vineyard situated in the heart of the region. Learn More »
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