2011 Woodstock 'Pilot's View' Shiraz
Flying Spitfires during WWII, Douglas Collett A.M was privileged to a pilot’s eye-view of the vineyards of Europe. Returning home, Doug saw the future for an Australian table wine industry, moving on from fortified styles. Equipped with animation initiative and perseverance, Doug planted many vineyards and made wines in many regions. He loved the natural beauty and robust flavours of McLaren Vale, acquiring Woodstock Estate in 1973. Doug’s own flight helmet represents the vision and passion of this inspirational man whose philosophy was “the glass is always half full” so lets fill it up!”
Deliberately made to accompany food by expressing soft fruit characters with moderate oak influence, Pilot’s View is sourced entirely from Shiraz vines planted in the sandy Blewitt Springs soils at Woodstock. Warm, sunny days ensure the berry flavours and tannins fully ripen, while cool nights preserve natural acidity. The combination of the sandy soils and natural acids creates animated floral aromas in Shiraz. With traditional winemaking and careful barrel selection, the supple tannins are well integrated supporting the juicy Shiraz flavours. More than 80% of this wine is matured in new carefully selected French and American oak for up to 12 months.
This 2011 Pilot’s View Shiraz shows intense fruit richness, spice and underlying savoury tones, typical of McLaren Vale Shiraz. You will find dark berries, plum and chocolate characters with some mint, vanilla and spice, well integrated with oak. Supple, textured tannins leave you wanting more.
Seared rib eye beef fillet with Vincotto glazed sweet potato gnocchi and a salad of rocket, cherry tomato and fetta… and another bottle!
Scott Collett & Ben Glaetzer
Acidity 6.2 g/L
Residual Sugar 1.2 g/L