This wine along with its deceased sibling, ‘The Innocent’ (Viognier) is what started the rise to illustrious fame and fortune for the Judge. The days of Shallow Creek Estate were radically altered when new marketing and branding took over leaning on George’s legal career. What never changed though was the source of this bold value until the demand outstripped the supply. This estate bottled Shiraz started from a single block that’s first plantings date back to 1898 and it has the concentration and power to prove it. Today, the demand for this wine has gone crazy like the Chinese thirst for DRC and George had to finally begin sourcing fruit from nearby vineyards.
The grapes are picked when The Judge feels the grapes are at their maximum flavor and density, often quite late. If it wasn’t for The Judge’s deft hand and old, gnarly vines, the grapes would surely succumb to a fateful ending. The soil and roots allow for this to occurs and still maintain freshness in the wine. The fruit is fermented in a combination of large wooden fermenters and stainless steel tanks with routine foot stomping and pumpovers over 2-3 weeks for maximum extraction. The lots are basket-pressed to old French barriques for a lengthy 24 month élévage where the wood acts as a blanket to soften the wine out and bring a beautiful touch of oxidation to the wine. It was bottled without fining or filtration.