2017 Ironstone Vineyards, ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel, Lodi, California, USA

Bright ruby colour with garnet tints. The nose is very ripe and deep, with aromas of blackberry,liquorice and raisins, with a hint of peppery spice. The palate is medium to full bodied with layer upon layer of plum, raspberry, sultana and prune flavours, backed by smoky spice and hints of chocolate. Long and smooth on the warm finish.

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2017 Ironstone Vineyards, ‘Old Vine’ Zinfandel, Lodi, California, USA

Bright ruby colour with garnet tints. The nose is very ripe and deep, with aromas of blackberry,liquorice and raisins, with a hint of peppery spice. The palate is medium to full bodied with layer upon layer of plum, raspberry, sultana and prune flavours, backed by smoky spice and hints of chocolate. Long and smooth on the warm finish

Producer background

The roots of Ironstone layback in 1948 when an ambitious young farmer called John Kautz spotted the potential of the Lodi area for grapes and planted his first 5 hectares. He eventually built up vineyard holdings of 2,000 hectares becoming one of the top 10 grape suppliers in California. In 1988, the family decided to make their own wine from some of the finest vineyard plots and so with Steve Miller as the winemaker, Kautz wines was founded. This metamorphosised into Ironstone and John has since been joined in the business by his four children. The old vine Zinfandel is a Lodi classic from a plot of 45 year old vines. Rich and very ripe, but not heavy, this is a classic varietal expression.

Winemaking

Hand harvested, de-stemmed, crushed and placed in open top fermenters. Fermented with selected yeast at 28-30C, with regular pumping over Maceration of 18 days before the wine is racked to French oak barrels for 12 months maturation.

Regional information

Lodi AVA, part of thelarger Central Valley wine region of California, is located directly east of San Francisco Bay between the cities of Sacramento and Stockton.The west of the region lies close to the edge of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, while its eastern boundary runs parallel with the Sierra Foothills. Although quite a distance from the coast (the Pacific lies 70 miles/115km to the west), Lodi is blessed with a more moderate, Mediterranean-style climate than might be expected for somewhere this far inland. This is thanks to the many rivers which run through the AVA and the creeks,estuaries and bays into which they flow.

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