Max & Me Shiraz 2015 is from our Boongarrie Estate ‘House Block’ Shiraz, a small ironstone-rich block planted in 1998 with cuttings from the old-block Shiraz on Poonawatta Vineyard, a legendary local Eden Valley source block.
Pick date: 5/03/2015. Picking utilised a new technology with significant quality advancement where harvesting was carried out in the cool of night with a Pellenc Selectiv grape destemming and sorting harvester. Fermentation was open-style in grape bins, with pigéage for maceration. A total of 10 days on skins. Elevage and maturation was in fine-grain French oak hogsheads and puncheons (new 30%) for 18 months maturation prior to bottling.
2015 was a very unusual season for us, where the action of mites the previous spring meant there was virtually no crop in the vineyard (0.3 T/ac), though the vines were in excellent health throughout the growing season. This incredibly low crop has had the effect, we think, of amplifying the flavours and aromas from our particular site. Definitely one of our most treasured vintages.