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The Cutting 2020 Shiraz – The Cutting | Barossa Valley
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The Cutting 2020 Shiraz

$60.00 inc. GST

This Barossa Valley Shiraz showcases a bright and finessed style with a beautiful aromatic profile. On the nose, it exudes notes of cherries, black plum, and creme de cassis with subtle hints of liquorice in the background. The palate is equally impressive, displaying a savoury character and chalky, fresh tannins that linger long after the last sip.

“A rich, full-flavoured and complex wine which is showing a tasty mix of primary and tertiary characters: blackberry, raspberry, stewed and dried fruits, dried herbs, smoke. This is a wine that requires a bit of patience, as it definitely improves with some air, as well as by being paired with food; I had it with shepherd’s pie and the smooth, integrated tannins matched really well with the cuisine “

Brendan Black

Winepilot www.winepilot.com

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Tasting Notes 

This Barossa Valley Shiraz showcases a bright and finessed style with a beautiful aromatic profile. On the nose, it exudes notes of cherries, black plum, and creme de cassis with subtle hints of liquorice in the background. The palate is equally impressive, displaying a savoury character and chalky, fresh tannins that linger long after the last sip. This Shiraz has great potential for cellaring, and is sure to develop even more complexity and depth over time.

The Vineyard

The Cutting Vineyard, a stunning hilltop site located in the Stone Well sub-region of the Barossa Valley.  It boasts an elevation of 265 meters and a moderate North Easterly-facing slope. Our vineyard benefits from the prevailing South Easterly wind, which provides much-needed relief during the scorching January and February heat.

With a variety of soil types to draw from, our grapes are imbued with a complexity that truly sets them apart. Our primary soil is a red sandstone peppered with buckshot ironstone, running over a limestone base of both rock and schist.

Our vineyard was first planted in 1998/1999, and our team has been dedicated to meticulous hand-tending ever since. The result is a harvest that is as exceptional as it is unique.

The Season

2020 saw an extremely challenging growing season, that started with persistent wind right through November, which ultimately resulted in one of the worst ‘sets’ seen in the Barossa Valley. The only relief from the wind was frost, rain or extreme heat, which increased the challenge of the flowers to set fruit. It was these conditions that set the course for the extremely low yields, which resulted in a ~ 60%  reduction in the ‘average crop’ at The Cutting. December tried its best to mimic January, with the last 16 days in December recording 11 days over 35C and 8 over 40C. January and February did bring some relief, and the key ripening month of February was cooler than average. This allowed the small crop to ripen gradually, as opposed to 2019 when baumes raced, the ripening pattern to 2020 was gradual, which went against all the extremes the growing season had thrown at the vines up until that point, February seemed like the ‘calm after the storm’.

The Winemaking  

100% Handpicked, crushed with 30% retained as whole bunches. The juice was cold-soaked for 7 days then and fermented in open-top fermenters. The wine was pressed off skins using a basket press and transferred directly to a combination of older French oak barriques and hogsheads. Once malolactic fermentation was completed the wine was racked off the lees and aged for 18 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

The Food Match: 

Pairs well with barbequed meats and hearty tomato or mushroom-based dishes. Try one of our favourite Braised Beef Osso Busso recipes at https://www.anotherfoodblogger.com/recipes/beef-ossobuco/

Technical Information
Bottling date: November 2021
Bottles Produced: 684
Harvest Date: 29 February 2020
Alc: 14.0

Released: August 2022

Cellaring potential: Drink now but will continue to evolve until 2030

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