The Chateau '100 Year Old Vines' Shiraz 2015
Tasting Notes

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.

Winemaking

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. 

 

Vinification

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. 

Reviews
Gold Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2017
97 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Equal #1 of 72 rated Barossa Shiraz 2015 Deep red colour with a good tint of purple, the bouquet deep in dark chocolate and cocoa powder, charcoal, soot and earthy notes, and rich dark fruitcake. The wine is magnificently sumptuous in the mouth: very rich, velvet textured, concentrated and beautifully balanced. Powerful and long, but not a blockbuster, it retains freshness and vitality. Endless persistence. A great wine. (from vineyards at Nuriootpa, Bethany and Moculta). Drink 2017-2042. 
93 Points
Review by: Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine
Deep dark, formidable red of impact and presence. It's all ultra dark fruit, coal and tar, smoky oak, dried fruit and sweet spice. It is rich, full, powerful, warm and palate staining. The style is such that you'll have to favor those that flood the senses. It's done will its style.  
94 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion Magazine
It pours on the power. It strikes blow after blow of thick, sweet, dense flavour. Blackberry, honey, soy and malt, inflections of mint and clove, a churn of grainy, muscular tannins. There’s real flex here, real grunt. You either succumb or you stand out of its way. Red berry flavours add a brighter note; a light on a mountain of flavour. Cellaring until 2030
94 POINTS
Review by: James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
Good weight and fleshy depth here with oak and red berry fruits, cassis and plums. What great integration and there is black salted licorice lurking here. 93-94 Points. 
Gold Medal
Review by: China Wine and Spirits Awards 2018
Gold Medal
Review by: Global Syrah Masters 2018

 

$150.00 per bottle


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CLOSURE
Cork

WINEMAKER
Neville Rowe
GRAPE VARIETY
100% Shiraz
GROWING REGION
Eden Valley and Nuriootpa
% ALCOHOL
15%
MATURATION
22 Months New and seasoned American & French Oak (20% New)
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100 Year Old Vines Shiraz
Tasting Notes

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.

Winemaking

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. 

 

Vinification

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. 

Reviews
Gold Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2017

97 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Equal #1 of 72 rated Barossa Shiraz 2015 Deep red colour with a good tint of purple, the bouquet deep in dark chocolate and cocoa powder, charcoal, soot and earthy notes, and rich dark fruitcake. The wine is magnificently sumptuous in the mouth: very rich, velvet textured, concentrated and beautifully balanced. Powerful and long, but not a blockbuster, it retains freshness and vitality. Endless persistence. A great wine. (from vineyards at Nuriootpa, Bethany and Moculta). Drink 2017-2042. 

93 Points
Review by: Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine
Deep dark, formidable red of impact and presence. It's all ultra dark fruit, coal and tar, smoky oak, dried fruit and sweet spice. It is rich, full, powerful, warm and palate staining. The style is such that you'll have to favor those that flood the senses. It's done will its style.  

94 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion Magazine
It pours on the power. It strikes blow after blow of thick, sweet, dense flavour. Blackberry, honey, soy and malt, inflections of mint and clove, a churn of grainy, muscular tannins. There’s real flex here, real grunt. You either succumb or you stand out of its way. Red berry flavours add a brighter note; a light on a mountain of flavour. Cellaring until 2030

94 POINTS
Review by: James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
Good weight and fleshy depth here with oak and red berry fruits, cassis and plums. What great integration and there is black salted licorice lurking here. 93-94 Points. 

Gold Medal
Review by: China Wine and Spirits Awards 2018

Gold Medal
Review by: Global Syrah Masters 2018

 

$150.00 per bottle


Other Vintages
2005 |  2006 |  2008 |  2009 |  2010 |  2012 |  2013 |  2014 | 
CLOSURE
Cork

WINEMAKER
Neville Rowe
GRAPE VARIETY
100% Shiraz
GROWING REGION
Eden Valley and Nuriootpa
% ALCOHOL
15%
MATURATION
22 Months New and seasoned American & French Oak (20% New)

 

 

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