From some of the oldest ungrafted Shiraz vines in the world, all of at least 100 years of age.
The wine delivers classical regional characters of dense, spicy blueberry fruit and savoury pan jus. Next come hints of liquorice, plum, and all-spice all delicately interwoven.
A fine grained tannin structure and depth of flavour all show that this wine is made to last the distance in the cellar. A long balanced finish with persistence.
The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and spent seven days on their skins in open fermenters with daily hand-plunging and pumping over of the cap to more gently extract colour, flavours and tannins. This was followed by careful basket pressing followed 22 months' maturation in our cellars in a combination of French and American oak (20% New).
In keeping with the non-interventionist winemaking style we have neither fined nor filtered this wine.
The Barossa is home to some of the world's oldest ungrafted Shiraz vines and the grapes for this wine come from just two small vineyards in the Eden (Alluvial sand texture contrast soil over red brown clay) and Nuriootpa (Red brown clay loam with alkaline subsoil) sub-regions.
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2017
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com