Jasper Hill: La Pleiade Shiraz 2014

A knock-out bouquet of graphite, crushed rocks, blueberries, and blackberries is followed by a full-bodied Syrah with formidable concentration, good acidity, and tremendous intensity as well as length.
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Tasting Notes
Ron Laughton's longstanding friendship with Michel Chapoutier has spawned a joint venture vineyard planted with a mixture of Heatcote Shiraz and Hermitage Syrah in 1998. The resultant wine is called 'La Pleiade', named after the constellation visible from both hemispheres. It has the signature depth of dark, Heathcote fruit but a discernible French accent with plum and damson flavours and a palate-cleansing acidity.

The excellent 2012 vintage displays the depth, concentration and intensity of the distinctive iron-rich New World terroir coupled with an underlying 'European' minerality. Only 400 cases are produced.

"This illustrious partnership between Michel Chapoutier from France's Rhone region and Ron Laughton of the Heathcote estate, Jasper Hill was founded in 1997 and the project yielded its first vintage in 2003. Formerly called "Cambrian," "Cluster M45" is now the U.S. label for this wine, known as "La Pleiade" elsewhere. It is made from 100% Shiraz from a 20-acre single vineyard just south of Jasper Hill's Georgia's Paddock, which is planted with a 50/50 mix of vines taken from Jasper Hill and Chapoutier's vineyards (imported from France)."
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About this wine
Style Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine Region Australia, Victoria
Grape Variety (Cépage) Shiraz
Viticulture Organic
Vintage 2014
Cellarage Drink from 2017 - 2031.
Vinification A new vineyard of 'Australian Shiraz' selected by Ron and imported 'French Syrah' selected by Michel, was planted on virgin red Cambrian soil in Heathcote during the spring of 1998. This is a superb example of a blending of Australian and French cultures as well as winemaking from tightly spaced, dry-farmed vineyards that have achieved great ripeness and intensity in the Cambrian soils of this region.
Alcohol By Volume (%) 14

Jasper Hill (Ron & Elva Laughton)

In 1975, former food scientist Ron Laughton and his wife Elva created their Jasper Hill estate in Heathcote, Victoria (70 miles north of Melbourne), drawn by the region's distinctive geology, namely an iron-rich seam of Cambrian clay and volcanic basalt on which the vineyards are strategically located. Today the Laughton's world-renowned, bio-dynamically farmed, 20-hectare estate is widely regarded as being some of the finest terroir in Australia.

As the vineyards and their two daughters have grown over the years, both Emily and Georgia continue to work within the business. Emily McNally lives on Georgia's Paddock vineyard with her husband Nick, daughter Ella and son Nate. Nick is also a highly valued member of the team, both in the vineyard and in the cellar. Only time will tell if the next young generation will continue the wine making tradition of their grandfather and mother.

Jasper Hill produces six wines from three individual vineyards. While the single estate 'Emily's Paddock' Shiraz - Cabernet Franc and 'Georgia's Paddock' Shiraz (first vintage 1982) are the best known wines, Jasper Hill also makes a 'Georgia's Paddock' Semillon, 'Georgia's Paddock' Riesling (first vintage 1984) and 'Georgia's Paddock' Nebbiolo.

Ron and Elva are today assisted by their daughter, Emily, who makes the 'Occam's Razor' Shiraz in her own right, whilst Georgia enjoys doing most of the administrative work. The family are also involved in a joint venture locally with fellow organic enthusiast Michel Chapoutier, which yields the 'La Pleiade' Shiraz, plus a collaboration in the Agly valley in Roussillon in France.

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