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Fox Creek, ‘Short Row’ Shiraz, 2016
First produced in 1999, Short Row Shiraz acknowledges the traditional McLaren Vale Shiraz style that has brought the region the recognition and standing amongst the great wine regions of the world. A style based on a powerful fruit driven front and mid palate, with rich ripe tannins requiring significant new oak influence to be brought back into a semblance of balance.
This big and rich Shiraz has been tamed slightly over the years to enhance its drinkability and poise in the glass but it still packs a punch on the palate. The original incarnation was from the short row vineyard, which is characterised by a magnificent big ball of fruit on the mid palate. We also select parcels from two other vineyards that exhibit similar flavour and tannin profiles.
Plums, black cherry, raspberry, clove, dark chocolate. Intertwined with nutmeg, cinnamon, and roasted vanilla bean.
Fruit driven front palate of plum, strawberry, black cherry, mid palate of strawberry and cream with hints of dark chocolate. The youthful grape tannins provide a firm texture and length that will soften and integrate with age.
Drink now but this will reward with careful cellaring until 2020.
GOLD Medal Mundus Vini 2018
GOLD Medal CWWSC 2018
GOLD Medal Berlin Wine Trophy 2018
GOLD Medal “Sakura” Japan’s Woman’s Wine Awards 2018
Fox CreekFox Creek wines started when a group of medical professionals decided to realise a lifelong passion and between them and their families. Back in 1984 Jim and Helen Watts bought the 32 hectare Fox Creek Vineyard property and were advised against planting vines as the soils were heavy clay. Undeterred by the sceptics, they selected and planted fine quality cuttings and nurtured the young vines. Their labours bore fruit - extraordinary good quality fruit - that was lovingly converted into supreme quality wines that have enjoyed considerable show success.
Leader of the pack and the first wine made at Fox Creek was their 1994 Shiraz, which won the Trophy for the best wine at the McLaren Vale Wine Show in 1995. In 2003, a new label in a lower price bracket was introduced by Fox Creek named 'Shadow's Run' after the vineyard’s Border Collie, Shadow.
Today, Fox Creek has three vineyards or approximately 60 hectares of vines in McLaren Vale. The vineyards are within a range of 5 kilometres, near the village of Willunga. Fox Creek wines are striving to turn their operation totally organic practises as well as following environmentally friendly and sustainable practises.
Brief Tasting NotesAppearance: Deep garnet with purple hues.
Nose: Seductive nose of cinnamon and cloves supported by a blend of vanilla, cherries and dark chocolate. Palate: Soft fruit driven front palate leads into a ball of mid palate cherries and plums framed by textural tannins and toasty oak. The fine blend of oak types and styles tempers the wines power with a clean and balanced finish.
Winestate: "Rich fruit aromas carry a hint of sweetness and plenty of punch. Powerful plum flavours, luscious palate weight and an alcohol- warm finish!"
Specific DetailsComposition: Shiraz 100%
Region: McLaren Vale
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Oak: Maturation was in varying proportions of new and one year old French and American oak barrels for 20 months. The components are selected for blending based on fruit intensity, richness, structure and integration of oak.
Ageing Potential: Enjoy until 2013
Awards: Silver Medal, Decanter World Wine Awards 2009 Silver Medal,
International Wine Challenge 2009 Silver Medal,
International Wine & Spirit Competition 2009 Silver Medal,
Visy Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2009 Bronze Medal,
Japan Wine Challenge 2009 Bronze Medal,
Royal Queensland Wine Show 2008 Bronze Medal,
Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2009 Bronze Medal,
Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2008 Bronze Medal,
Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2009 Bronze Medal,
Royal Hobart Wine Show 2009 5 stars,
Equal Top in Category, Winestate Magazine July/August 2011
Winemaker: Chris Dix & Scott Zrna Viticulturist: Nick Wiltshire