Winner’s Tank Hawks Shiraz
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The Shiraz grapes for this wine were harvested from David and Cathy Knight’s estate vineyard in Langhorne Creek.
- Shiraz from Langhorne Creek generally suits this style of wine well as Shiraz fruit from the region has no problem reaching this level of ripeness and displaying ripe berry characters.
- Furthermore Langhorne Creek Shiraz characteristically has a soft tannin structure that contributes to mouthfeel and early drinkablity.
- Vine vigor is carefully controlled and yields are kept low to produce fruit that has concentrated color and flavor. Single vineyard, estate grown.
Varietal Composition: 100% Shiraz
Elaboration: Fermented in stainless steel then removed to used French oak barrels. The wine then ages for 12 months in French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Dark red with purple hues. The perfumed nose offers abundant dark fruits with hints of cut flowers and anise. The palate is full-bodied with plush blackberry and cherry framed by smooth tannins and a lingering finish .
2014 – 90 Vinous
2015 – 90 Vinous
2016 – 90 Wine Spectator
Winner’s Tank highlights what can be accomplished when an extremely talented winemaker gets his hands on some premium, Langhorne Creek fruit. Winner’s Tank is a new venture between Reid Bosward of Kaesler vineyards, and David and Cathy Knight, owners of the Winner’s Tank site. The name relates to an old water tank that sits in the corner of the vineyard. In true Aussie spirit, a strong rivalry exists between the three neighboring towns in the local Australian Rules Football competition. Each year the winning team heads out to the vineyard to paint the tank in their team colors.