Degree is a blend of our younger vine Shiraz, with another of our planted varieties Mourvedre ( along with Shiraz, another of the classic red varieties of the Rhone Valley in south central France), and a tiny amount of the white Riesling. The cepage (blend percentages ) varies slightly from year to year, but is about 90% Shiraz, less than 10% Mourvedre, and 2 or 3 % Riesling. The Mourvedre contributes plummy fruit on the nose, and juciness and fleshiness to the palate. The Riesling is there to add an aromatic lift to the aroma, a slight spicy floral perfume, similar to the use of Viognier in the Cote Rotie region of the northern Rhone Valley.
Licorice and spice, with red berry fruit aromatics
Full, juicy flavour, with soft round tannin structure. The little brother to Red Edge Shiraz, but no shrinking violet when it comes to raw ripe power!
Has immediate appeal, but will continue to mellow over the next 5 to 8 years.
90% Shiraz, 7% Mourvedre, 3% Riesling
21 months in used (2 to 5 years) French oak barriques