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Harkham Wines

2021

‘Hark Angel Shiraz’

Shiraz   |   Hunter Valley - Australia

About

The name of this bottle, ‘Hark Angel,’ is a reference to the Harkham family’s arch angels are divine helpers who help us in times of need or when we face critical junctions in our lives. This Shiraz is dedicated to an organ donor who saved the lives of seven people, including Ritchie Harkham. Ritchie calls this person his “Hark Angel”, and to honor this person, Harkham donates proceeds from the sale of this wine to help build schools in developing countries. To date, Hark Angel has donated 9 schools, supporting the educations of over 2000 children.

The winemaking is rather straightforward. Hand harvested fruit was de-stemmed then placed in stainless steel tanks for primary (spontaneous) fermentation. After racking to French oak, the wine underwent spontaneous malolactic fermentation and rested for 9 months. The wine was racked back to tank, and then bottled without fining, filtering, or sulfur.

Stats

  • Grapes: 100% Shiraz
  • Vineyard: Pokolbin
  • Vine Age: 25-years-old
  • Soil Type: Red clay - alluvial sands
  • Viticulture: Sustainable
  • Fermentation: Native — stainless-steel
  • Skin Contact: 9 days
  • Aging: 9 months in French oak
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • pH: 3.78
  • Total Acidity: 5.8 g/L
  • Total SO2: None added
  • Total Production: 250 cases
  • UPC: None

Tasting Notes

Full of energy, just like its maker. There is a bright, youthful fruit character on the palate, with gentle, peppery tannins. This is raw Shiraz, a nice contrast to the usual dialed-up Shirazes from the Hunter Valley.

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