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2017 Tokar Estate Shiraz

2017 Tokar Estate Shiraz

Jimmy Watson finalist and winner of the Trevor Mast Trophy at the 2018 Royal Melbourne Wine Show for Best Shiraz

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  • Due to the hype surrounding this wine, we have managed to secure an early pre-release of the highly lauded 2017 Tokar Shiraz. Made by Martin Siebert (you might know him from the First Foot Forward wines he makes under his own label), this Shiraz is nothing short of a miraculous example of the Yarra style. Cool-climate to a tee, this is drenched with violets, pepperberries, spice, cedar and tar. The fruit is very much on the raspberry side at this early stage in its life, but it will certainly unfurl into something great with time in bottle. Classic Yarra Shiraz, and not dissimilar to the great wines of Yarra Yering.


    Our four acre Shiraz block was planted in 1997 and now that the vines are mature and deep rooted, they are remarkably vigorous, requiring a lot of work to keep them under control. The results of this work make it worth it as they deliver wonderfully concentrated fruit full of raspberry and pepper with a mineral edge. The vines are spur pruned on VSP trellis and planted in grey clay soil dotted with ironstone and mudstone pebbles. Perhaps these stones contribute to the mineral notes in our Shiraz.

    Our Shiraz block was hand picked in late February and much of the fruit was foot stomped to release the juice from the bunches (this wine is a large portion whole bunch fermented) before undergoing fermentation with wild yeasts. The warm spice aromas of the ferment were deliciously intoxicating! A short post-ferment maceration soaked the tannins from the skins and stalks before pressing off to barrel (French oak). A slow, wild malolactic fermentation over the cold winter followed and the wine was then prepared for bottling whilst still vibrant. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration.


    Attractive, deep violet in colour. A little shy at first, with aromas of graphite stone and bay leaf, the wine soon comes to life to display its full plumage of boysenberry, cloves and pink peppercorn. The palate has both volume and length, with a gentle lingering grip on the finish (fine, youthful tannins). The fruit is coated in spice with this wine as juicy raspberries intermingle with cedar, myrtle and anise. This is modern Australian Shiraz inspired more by Northern Rhone than Barossa. Delicious drinking now but no rush (I would love to revisit this one in 10 years).


    96 Points & Trevor Mast Trophy - Best Shiraz in Show 2018
    Royal Melbourne Wine Show

    2016 Vintage Review

    'One-third of Tokar Estate's shiraz is reserved for this wine, picked 2 weeks earlier, 75% is tank-fermented, the balance in used oak. The wild yeast used ceased activity with some residual sugar remaining - a pity given the rest of the making effort. The question is why not use a cultured yeast to complete fermentation?'
    96 Points - James Halliday