2017 CF-17 Shiraz Montils

2017 CF-17 Shiraz Montils

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About this Wine


Hunter Valley, NSW


Scott McWilliam


Light maroon reds with vibrant purple hues


Cherry, raspberry, red berry notes with elements of red apple skin and earthy forest floor. Subtle brown spice hints of cinnamon and nutmeg from the Hungarian oak.

Growing Conditions

An early and dry vintage of low to moderate crops, resulting in excellent intensity and depth of flavour across varietals


A savoury complexity of strawberry and cherry fruit spectrum with delicate soft tannins followed by some whole bunch stem notes. Sour cherry acidity provides a soft and long finish.


The Montils was hand-picked (about 70kg all up) into buckets and stored in the cold room until the Shiraz was picked two weeks later. Both varieties were de-stemmed with light crushing on top of whole bunches (25%). The cold must was allowed to soak for two days before being inoculated with a Burgundian yeast strain. Fermentation took place over 10 days with cap plunging and traditional Pigeage techniques. After fermentation had complete the wine was pressed in a high-tech Hydropress.







Food Matches


Peak Drinking

Designed to drink now or cellar for the short to medium term.

Professional Reviews

94 points - Campbell Mattinson

2020 Halliday Wine Companion

This is tip top quality. It's made with shiraz (off the Rosehill Vineyard) and montils and shows very little oak-influence, but lots of A-grade fruit. Fennel, black cherry, boysenberry and peppercorn characters take sure, certain steps through the palate, with tight strings of tannin helping to maintain the pose. It boasts both charm and length; it's good from all angles.