The Finer Details
What does our Somm say?
Ben Murray has been making our Barossa Shiraz now for many years, typically harvesting from the Neldner Vineyards of Marananga.
The area of Marananga is superb for growing Shiraz, with deep Rich soils interspersed with limestone shelves in the famed western sub region of the Barossa Valley. 2018 vintage was noted by a predominantly mild growing season leading to a great vintage that had a marked effect on the ripening and power of the resulting wines.
Yields were average, however as the grapes cooled through ripening, there were more elegant notes developed as opposed to the usual powerhouse styles.
Following hand harvesting and crushing the fruit was fermented and vinified for over 25 days allowing extended skin contact, daily cap plunging, and gentle pump overs ensured total coverage of juice through the must.
Once completed vinification the wine was basket pressed gently and then racked to barrel for maturation in new and old French and American oak barriques for 18 months. The wine was bottled at optimum maturation and shows great potential for ageing.
In terms of food pairings, this Barossa Valley ‘Marananga’ Shiraz from Ben Murray lends itself a companion to all game meats, lamb, beef, and (in general) smoky barbeque flavours.
We’ve found this delightful Shiraz to work amazingly well with American style braised barbeque ribs, traditional roast lamb, Osso Buco and quality beef sausages.
For the more casual context you could try this drop with hamburgers, aged Gouda Cheese, or barbequed chicken.
The dark fruity notes of this wine also complement rich mushroom dishes, duck sauce pasta’s and roasted vegetables. Buon Appetito!
Optimal Serving Temp:
- 16-18 Degrees Celsius
In truth, Ben Murray is not one person, but two very passionate wine lovers who dreamed of one day crafting premium small batch wines with elegance and texture.
Like all great partnerships, it started with a common interest.
For Dan Eggleton (middle name – Ben) and Craig Thompson (middle name – Murray), that interest happened to a good drop of wine. As both Dan and Craig are originally Barossa boys, they have tasted a great wine or two…. or three over the years!
For fantastic insight into a wine makers daily life, follow @benmurraywines
- Shiraz 100%
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Bottle Size: 750ml
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