Possingham & Summers Shiraz 2012
Possingham & Summers Estate wines are produced from two vineyards within the McLaren Vale Region , south of Adelaide, in South Australia. The vineyards in the sub-regions of Blewit Springs and Willunga have unique terrors and result in wines with unique characters.
The Blewit Springs vineyards is elevated in the east of McLaren Vale and is furthest from the sea. The higher altitude, higher rainfall and cooler winter conditions contribute to wines with higher natural acidity. Distance from the ocean eases maritime influences. The vines are planted on undulating hills with deep sands soils (good drainage). The vines are between 50-70 years old. Vines of 70 years or more are considered Survivor Vines and have weathered the worst of many storms, both man-made and natural occurring, including the infamous 1980s Vine Pull Scheme. Their worthiness has been proven over many vintages, consistently producing the highest quality fruit for wines of distinction and longevity. The vineyard gives red-berries characters of liquorice and satsuma plum. Their tannin profile is elegant. The white berries are aromatic and fleshy.
The Willing vineyard is on the fertile plains between the Fleurieu Plains and Sellicks Hills. The soils vary from alluvial red clay to black clays with pockets of terra rossa over limestone. The result is distinctive microsites within the vineyard. The vineyard is oriented to maximise ocean and hills breezes to help moderate summer temperatures and assist in ripeness. The vineyard gives red berries flavours of dark chocolate, earth and spice. The white berries have sea-salt like mineralogy and tropical flavours.
Winemaker Pieter Breugem worked previously at Houghton Wines and Stonehaven Winery.
Possingham & Summers Estate Shiraz 2012
Fruit is sourced from the 70-year-old Blewitt Springs vineyard. Fruit was picked in March of 2012. The wine was made with a minimal interventionist approach and then matured in 18 months in older French oak barrels.
The wine is full-bodied with layers of forest fruit and lashing of dark chocolate. It’s ready to drink now.