100 Year Old Vines Shiraz 2008
Winemaking

The grapes were destalked (separating berries from the bunch) and placed uncrushed into small stainless steel open fermenters. A cultured yeast was used to start the fermentation. The grapes spent seven days on their skins in open fermenters with regular hand plunging, twice daily pump overs as well as a drain and return of the juice to more gently extract colour, flavour and tannins. This was followed by soft basket pressing and malolactic fermentation in a combination of new and older French oak puncheons and hogsheads prior to eighteen months barrel maturation in our cellars.

NB - ONE (1) BOTTLE LIMIT PER CUSTOMER - Strictly allocated

Reviews
94 Points
Review by: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
It says on the back label that this comes from a one acre vineyard, high up in the Eden Valley, that’s over 100 years old...Cherry, dark berry, sweet cinnamon oak that’s well measured, but certainly not overdone, with some liquorice bullet and a flicker of mint. It’s medium weight, with fine tannins, excellent drinkability and a fine sense of perfumed politeness. Love the tannins, present, firm and correct and there’s a lovely freshness and juiciness too, rather than any dull, leaden or over-ripe qualities.What I like most, however, it that it’s not a show pony - so if you’re expecting pounds per square inch, or bang per buck, then this is not your wine - spend your hundred elsewhere. There’s change in the wind here, and it smells good. Drink : 2012 - 2020 Tasted : Mar 10 Closure : Cork 
93+++ Points
Review by: Philip White, Independent Weekly
It’s a bit silly putting points to a wine of this provenance in such an infant stage, but we do it. This is mighty. It has tempranillo-like paradegloss boot-polish tones in its confounding depths. If its vineyard was not quite so venerable, it would fit perfectly in the $48 Terroirs trio, as it’s not like any of those. It has posher French-coopered oak, because it deserves no less. Between that spicy decoration, and the schisty, stony tannins which glower below, there’s layer upon layer of fleshy, intense, devilishly seductive Barossa shiraz of the highest calibre.
Trophy - Best in class
Review by: RASQ Mediterranean Challenge
96 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2011
Purple-crimson; sourced from a single 0.4 ha vineyard high in the hills of the Eden Valley; the register of aromas and flavours switches decisively to a brighter, yet more savoury/spicy/earthy blackberry and licorice spectrum; outstanding length and balance. Cork. Drink 2023 Date Tasted Mar 10

 

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CLOSURE
Cork

WINEMAKER
Tim Smith
GRAPE VARIETY
100% Shiraz
GROWING REGION
Eden Valley
DATE BOTTLED
February 2010
% ALCOHOL
14.5%
ACIDITY
6.90 g/L
MATURATION
New & older French oak
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Winemaking

The grapes were destalked (separating berries from the bunch) and placed uncrushed into small stainless steel open fermenters. A cultured yeast was used to start the fermentation. The grapes spent seven days on their skins in open fermenters with regular hand plunging, twice daily pump overs as well as a drain and return of the juice to more gently extract colour, flavour and tannins. This was followed by soft basket pressing and malolactic fermentation in a combination of new and older French oak puncheons and hogsheads prior to eighteen months barrel maturation in our cellars.

NB - ONE (1) BOTTLE LIMIT PER CUSTOMER - Strictly allocated

Reviews
94 Points

Score: 94 Points
Review by: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
It says on the back label that this comes from a one acre vineyard, high up in the Eden Valley, that’s over 100 years old...Cherry, dark berry, sweet cinnamon oak that’s well measured, but certainly not overdone, with some liquorice bullet and a flicker of mint. It’s medium weight, with fine tannins, excellent drinkability and a fine sense of perfumed politeness. Love the tannins, present, firm and correct and there’s a lovely freshness and juiciness too, rather than any dull, leaden or over-ripe qualities.What I like most, however, it that it’s not a show pony - so if you’re expecting pounds per square inch, or bang per buck, then this is not your wine - spend your hundred elsewhere. There’s change in the wind here, and it smells good. Drink : 2012 - 2020 Tasted : Mar 10 Closure : Cork 

93+++ Points

Score: 93 +++ Points
Review by: Philip White, Independent Weekly
It’s a bit silly putting points to a wine of this provenance in such an infant stage, but we do it. This is mighty. It has tempranillo-like paradegloss boot-polish tones in its confounding depths. If its vineyard was not quite so venerable, it would fit perfectly in the $48 Terroirs trio, as it’s not like any of those. It has posher French-coopered oak, because it deserves no less. Between that spicy decoration, and the schisty, stony tannins which glower below, there’s layer upon layer of fleshy, intense, devilishly seductive Barossa shiraz of the highest calibre.

Trophy - Best in class

Score: Trophy
Review by: RASQ Mediterranean Challenge

96 Points

Score: 96 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2011
Purple-crimson; sourced from a single 0.4 ha vineyard high in the hills of the Eden Valley; the register of aromas and flavours switches decisively to a brighter, yet more savoury/spicy/earthy blackberry and licorice spectrum; outstanding length and balance. Cork. Drink 2023 Date Tasted Mar 10

 

Other Vintages
2005 |  2006 |  2009 |  2010 |  2012 |  2013 |  2014 | 
CLOSURE
Cork

WINEMAKER
Tim Smith
GRAPE VARIETY
100% Shiraz
GROWING REGION
Eden Valley
DATE BOTTLED
February 2010
% ALCOHOL
14.5%
ACIDITY
6.90 g/L
MATURATION
New & older French oak
HI-RES PHOTO
Click here to download.

 

 

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