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2002 Arakoon Doyen Willunga Shiraz
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- Cellar 3 - 4 years (2007-2008)
- ABV 15.5%
- Closure: Cork
After establishing a successful exporting agency in the 1990's Ray & Patrik Jones decided to turn their hand to winemaking in 1999 producing Arakoon's first vintage with fruit sourced from McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills regions of South Australia. Today the wines are sourced from contract vineyards predominately in the McLaren Vale region with some parcels also coming from Langhorne Creek. Approximately 90% of the wineries production is exported, with the vast majority going to the EU and Asia. The Doyen is the company's flagship wine sourced from a vineyard located in Willunga, some 7km from McLaren Vale. The vines are dry grown and are relatively young, only 9 years old, however the yields are tiny at 0.6 tonnes per acre resulting in fruit of outstanding quality and concentration. In 2002 only 1.5 tonnes of fruit were cropped resulting in meagre total production of only 96 cases for the entire world. The grapes were foot pressed and fermented in open vats with extended maturation, and matured entirely in 100% new French oak.
Tasting Notes: A spectacular wine, and as the back of the bottle states "this wine's not about subtlety" - since the inaugural 2000 vintage this wines been all about enormous weight, concentration and power together an alcohol volume of around 16%! Totally opaque black purple colour with deep purple black hue. Superb nose of mocha, soy, spice, white pepper and violets. The palate is mouth filling, quite explosive in it's flavour profile. Layers of violet infusions are meshed with liquorice allsorts, spice, black and red currants. Velvet smooth texture. Outstanding length and depth - a powerhouse of flavours - obscenely voluptuous! Not a wine for the faint hearted. Very Limited stocks. Screw Cap
Cellar: 3-4 years (2007-2008)