The shiraz grapes were picked at their optimum flavour profile to ensure the correct balance in the resulting wine. Close attention and gentle handling during the fermentation (30% open ferment plus some oak fermentation) followed by meticulous blending has resulted in a full bodied wine. The oak fermentation and maturation have enhanced the peppery and spicy characters of the wine. Whilst the open ferments have increased the fruit intensity and warm colours of the Shiraz. “For years I’ve been pondering what to do with the exceptional wines from the exceptional vintages that we’ve had stuck away in the cellar. Finally I’ve decided to release the Michael Hope Signature Series,” Michael Hope. This medium bodied wine will complement garlic and olive oil of Italian cuisine or alternatively traditional roast beef.