VINEYARD Moppa is predominantly Shiraz with a trace of Petit Verdot (10%) and Viognier (5%) blended in for added complexity. Grapes are from ten different blocks on the Kalleske’s organic farm, with the oldest of these blocks planted in 1961. The vines are low-yielding and are grown in shallow, sandy loam soil over superb deep red clay, providing ideal conditions for these varieties.
WINEMAKING The Shiraz was harvested in numerous batches from March 3rd to March 24th. The Viognier was harvested on March 3rd and co-fermented with a portion of Shiraz. The Petit Verdot is a late ripener and was harvested on April 23rd. All batches were wild fermented in open top fermenters with hand pumpovers twice a day during fermentation. After 7 to 12 days on skins the fermented grapes were traditionally pressed. The wine was aged in hogshead barrels for fourteen months. Approximately 25% new French, American and Hungarian oak was used with the balance seasoned barrels. On completion of maturation, a small portion of Petit Verdot and Shiraz/Viognier was blended for added complexity.
TASTING NOTES Moppa is inky purple in colour. It’s alive with scent, displaying attractive aromatics of fruit cake, chocolate, flowers, dried herbs, musk, vanilla custard and cinnamon spice. The palate is full-bodied and initially greets you with juicy redblack fruits followed by toasty hazel-nutty oak and chocolate. The tannin profile is superb, fine grained but fleshy adding texture and definition. Well structured, this is a complex and well balanced wine with fruit at the fore but background oak in support. Generous in flavour, it’s completed by a very lengthy finish. Moppa 2014 is an expressive Shiraz that can be enjoyed now or will cellar well in the medium to long term.