Established in 1972 and purchased by the Cumming family in 1989, there is an emphasis on producing high quality varietal table wines. Now over 300 acres of vineyards, only estate grown fruit is used in the production of our wines.
Soil is deep ripped before planting. Vines are spaced at approx one metre, with around 20 buds per vine, and hedged trellised, exposing the grapes to the sun to achieve maximum ripeness. They are cane pruned one year in four followed by three years of spur pruning. Red wine grapes are planted on heavy clay soil with pieces of limestone present in the soil.
Open stainless fermentation tanks. 18-22 degrees Celsius. Combination of pump-overs and plunging. Pressed at dryness with malolactic fermentation occurring before oak maturation.
Egg white fining and coarse (20 micron) filtration before going to bottle.
Aged in new, 1 & 2 year old American Hogsheads for 9-12 months.
Winemakers Tasting Note
The 2010 Shiraz is lively ruby red in appearance, showing spice, and dark fruit aromas, on the nose. The palate shows ripe berry flavours complemented with vanillin oak.
The wine is full bodied with a rich mid palate and subtle lingering tannins on the finish
It can be enjoyed now and will reward medium term cellaring.
It would be an ideal accompaniment to most red meat dishes.
Wine Library Tv: Gary Vaynerchuk on the 2005 Shiraz
Gary Vaynerchuk on Wine Library TV reviews the Water Wheel Vineyards 2005 Shiraz saying that it's, "bringin some thunder... 90 points... absolute steal".
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