Imprimata Proprietary Red

Imprimata Proprietary Red

McLaren Vale, South Australia

Imprimata aims to be in the best expression of this McLaren Vale vineyard.  In the case of the inaugural vintage, it is a blend of 80% Shiraz and 20% Petite Sirah aged for 15 months in 2-3 year old French and American Hogsheads.  The Tahbilk clone of Shiraz (one of two clones planted at the property) comes from the oldest winery in Victoria and tends to produce wines that are reminiscent of the northern Rhone revealing more lifted violet and spice character.  Petite Sirah is naturally higher in acid tannin and color bringing structure and minerality to the blend.  The wine is made by Ben Glaetzer who shares Hammershlag's vision of wines that walk the line between power and elegance always finding balance between the two.