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Passing Clouds The Graeme's Shiraz Cabernet 2021

Passing Clouds The Graeme's Shiraz Cabernet 2021

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The 2021 Graeme's Shiraz Cabernet blend from Passing Clouds is bright purple with a ruby hue. The nose is a rich array of blue and black fruits, complexity comes with barbecue char, rich earth, cocoa, and hints of olive. The palate is showing full, with pleasant grippy tannin, indicating the harmony the Cabernet and Shiraz have found. Red and black fruit shine, with balance and intriguing herbaceous finish.

Wine Specifications

Variety: Shiraz Cabernet

Size: 750mL

Region: Bendigo

ABV: 14.5%

Vintage: 2021

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Winery & Vintage Info

The Graeme’s is the foundational wine of Passing Clouds. First made in 1980, this wine perfectly captures Bendigo as a region as well as speaking to Passing Clouds’ almost 50 year stewardship of the region. It is well known for its longevity, cellaring up to 30 years, although we prefer it in the region of 10 years old. The Graeme’s is an embodiment of a wine greater than the sum of its parts.

The fruit is 100% de-stemmed and hand sorted before being traditionally vinified in open stainless-steel fermenters, which are hand plunged twice a day. A portion of batches saw post ferment maceration. All batches are matured in 100% French oak for 11 months. The Cabernet and Shiraz parcels are then assessed, and the optimum blend identified. The wine received a coarse filtration prior to bottling.

The Serpentine Vineyard (350mm, 124m) established in 1999, lies next to the Loddon River 42 km northwest of the township of Bendigo. Shoot and bunch thinning help to deliver high quality. Balgownie (500mm, 210m) planted from 1969 overlooking the Myers Creek, we are particularly fortunate to have access to this iconic Bendigo vineyard. Bridgewater (450mm, 140m) is an organic vineyard located just north of the township of Bridgewater. It sits on the banks of the Loddon River. All three vineyards sit on sandy clay loam soils alongside bodies of water. This combined with the low rainfall and warm growing season allow for minimal, fungicide use and canopy intervention and results in compatible ripening.

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