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Richard Hamilton ‘Ghost Hill’ Shiraz

$38.00

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VINTAGE 2019

On McMurtrie Road McLaren Vale a majestic hill rises from our Hut Block that is home to our finest Shiraz producing vineyards. We named this hill ‘Ghost Hill’ as a link back to the Hamilton Family’s roots in Dover, UK, where they embarked the ‘Katherine Stewart Forbes’ to make their journey to South Australia in 1837, when Richard Hamilton 1st planted South Australia’s original wine producing vineyards.

The story goes that a young woman would meet the ghost of her lover, a dispatch rider who died in the course of his duty, at night at the foot of Ghost Hill near the old Church.

Alcohol by Vol.:
Alcohol: 14.5%
Vintage:
2019
Bottle size:
750mL
Bouquet:
Broodingly aromatic, this Shiraz shows cinnamon with a trace of star anise to complement the rich plum fruit.
Palate:
A round and rich palate showing a juicy succulence and, with a backbone of textured tannins to providing persistence and depth, it has the ability to provide many years of drinking pleasure.
Cellaring:
Very approachable at release with the structure to mature and develop for a decade.
Winemaking:
Harvest dates are determined through rigorous fruit tasting to determine the consistency of grape flavour and tannin ripeness. Night harvesting takes advantage of the gully winds to naturally cool the berries and allow controlled onset of fermentation. Extended maceration on skins has further complexed the structure of the wine before pressing and maturation in French and American Oak.
Background:
Named for a hill in the small village of Ewell near Dover in England where the first Richard Hamilton lived before coming to Australia in 1837 and founding the Hamilton Ewell wine dynasty. The story goes that a young woman would meet the ghost of her lover, a dispatch rider who had died in the course of his duty, at night at the foot of Ghost Hill near the old Church.
Vintage Conditions:
2019 can be summarised as being warmer and drier than average with our vineyards receiving about 60% of the rainfall over winter to the end of harvest compared with what would be expected on average. Despite that, the vines initially formed a lot of bunches, only for cropping levels to be naturally reduced due to very windy conditions at flowering in late November which decreased bunches and diminished fruit set. Final yields were 20% less than average. Harvest was a little later than expected despite above average temperatures during October, and December to February. The first three weeks of February were trending cooler but a very warm period from the last week of February to early March finished veraison in reds and initiated rapid ripening leading to a hectic fortnight to complete harvest. Quality is very good but quantity is down in all varieties with wines showing attractive fruit elegance and ripe tannins.

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