The fruit for the 2014 Vat 9 Shiraz was sourced only from the oldest and best blocks of the Ashmans property which all share the same deep volcanic, red clay soils. The oldest of these blocks was planted in 1892. An almost perfect growing season was experienced for the 2014 vintage, one of the best in recent memory. After seven years in the bottle, its colour is amazingly youthful; intense currant red with deep purple hues. Dried herbs, liquorice and forest floor create a complex array of seductive aromatics. Cola confectionary hints at the warm vintage, leading into savoury spice, liquorice and fresh, dark fruits. The subtle influence of French oak (foudre, 2700L) appears as a structural component; offering a polished palate shape with a persistent length. This wine highlights the Hunter Valleys ability to make fresh, medium-bodied wines in warm vintages.