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2023 Kin Shiraz

2023 Kin Shiraz

The cool 2023 season delivered a medium weight and juicy wine with aromatics of dark rose, licorice and tea characters. Underneath, classic western ridge depth is displayed with violet perfume and purple fruit, wrapped around a schistic, rocky core.

Estate grown and made 
Certified organic and biodynamic fruit

[VARIETIES] 100% Shiraz
[ALC] 13.5%
[PRODUCTION] 1500 dozen

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Tasting Notes
The cool 2023 season delivered a medium weight and juicy wine with aromatics of dark rose, licorice and tea characters. Underneath, classic western ridge depth is displayed with violet perfume and purple fruit, wrapped around a schistic, rocky core.
Vineyard Notes
Even though 2023 will generally go down as a cool, wet and challenging year, we’re delighted with the results. Freshness and purity are hallmarks of the vintage. Our healthy organic vineyard showed its resilience against mildew and other dangers and the late start to the season meant flavour and sugar ripeness dovetailed nicely. Most of our fruit came in over an intense 11 day period in late March before the weather turned cold and wet again. Fruit for 2023 Kin Shiraz came from younger estate plantings and was picked between 23 and 26 March. Block 23, lying on schist and clay, provides energy and structure, making up 56% of the blend. Polygon 10 (on limestone (9%)) and Polygon 14 (on clay (14%)) bring depth and cool intensity. The blend is completed by Shiraz from Block 38 (on silt and sandstone) and Mataro (8%).

Three different parcels of young- and old-vine shiraz fruit in the blend, 85% whole bunches, fermented in concrete tulips (P14 went into foudre) and matured for six months before blending. A wonderful, cohesive wine, plush with ripe plum and blackberry fruits yet savoury, layered with spice, blossom and earthen tones, tannins like powdered sand and a crystalline mineral cadence tempering the fruit. Seems very comfortable in its own skin, and it IS delicious.

93 Points, Dave Brookes, Halliday Wine Companion

There’s sweet fruit flavour in the centre; there’s savouriness spreading to all corners. There’s a fair bit going on here and yet it feels cohesive. It tastes of pure blackberry and plum though there’s hay, mint, wet concrete and graphite-like nuances, and both aromatic herbs and smoky reduction too. Everything here feels neat, ordered and in unison. Tannin, particularly once the wine has had a chance to breathe, expands impressively through (what is in essence) a medium weight wine.

93 Points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

The 2023 Kin Shiraz comes almost entirely from Block 23 in the estate vineyard. The block is very rocky with great variation, and it sits atop a ridge. The parcels range from 70% - 100% whole clusters. "We are pretty committed to whole bunch," says Amelia Nolan. This was matured entirely in concrete vessels (six new tulips in time for the 2023 vintage!). The wine is energetic and fresh, powdery textured, gently grippy and fine. It's a lovely wine, pure, driven by clarity. I like it! 13.5% alcohol, sealed under screw cap.

2023 was a long, cool growing season; from afar, the rain seemed to be never-ending, but vineyards that were able to stay on top of canopies and moisture, did very well. Diligent viticulturists make great wine at the end of the season.

92 Points, Erin Larkin, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Deep purple through the glass. Mulberry and dried rosemary aromas. Dark berry fruit fills the mouth, good weight and intensity with hints of ferrous minerality and a dark anise undertone. Flows to a medium length with sandy tannins guiding it. Feels like a little more time will integrate the structure and fruit better.

90 Points, Stuart Knox, The Real Review