CEO Elegant Shiraz 2014 was sourced entirely from the Kalleske’s family Greenock estate vineyards. The grapes were de-stemmed and 80% berries crushed while 20% whole berries remained before being transferred into open top fermenters. Fermentation was kept on the cooler side and juice pumped over the skins twice a day for 10 to 14 days. After fermentation the wine was then drained to oak barrels and skins were hand shoveled out of the fermenters into the basket press. The pressings from the basket press are never over extracted, although they may lack the fruit intensity of the free run, the pressings blended back in add tannins for structure.
2014 CEO Elegant Shiraz by Laughing Jack
Appearance: Dark core with a crimson rim.
Aroma: Red and black fruits combine in the wine (it’s usually dominated by black fruits). Youthful cherry, blueberry and red currents are predominantly present with hints of violets, sage and fennel.
Palate: Medium bodied with powerful primary fruits upon opening. The 2014 is approachable and well-structured with a supple mid palate. Overall plum and cherry flavours combine with cooler climate characters of mixed herbs, good acidity and chalky dry tannins.
Region: Barossa Valley
Sub Region: Greenock
Total Acid: 6.43 g/L
Maturation: 16 months in 60% French (100% seasoned), 38% American (5% new) and 2% new Hungarian oak hogsheads.
Production: 1700 cases