Somerled Shiraz 2014:
There’s no doubting that this belongs to the Somerled family of dry reds. But it makes a most interesting comparison with the 2013. Both from a grape-sourcing and winemaking point of view the wines are very similar. The 2014 was in barrel for just over two and a half years and has similarly complex flavours and aromas. There’s some nicely integrated French oak notes showing through – about 18% of the barrels were new.
It’s a little bigger than the 2013, and is still softening and rounding out, but the wine has warmth and great length already. It has many years ahead of it, reaching a peak in maybe 3 or 4 years.
This is the first Somerled Shiraz with a screwcap rather than a cork, and I have great confidence that the maturing process will be very similar. My own experience with screwcaps on reds goes back to 2002, and the results have been great – the wines have developed beautifully under screwcap!
Rob Moody, March 2018