150 Year Old Vines 1858 Field Blend 2013
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Tasting Notes

This special limited release and crafted wine is the perfect synergy of the three varieties Grenache, Mourvèdre and Malbec those being a Rhone style blend stays true to form . A medium bodied wine that displays  lifted spice with red and Blackberry compote. Soft tannins give a round and fleshy mouthfeel and with a long finish.

Winemaking

The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and spent seven days on skins in an open fermenter with  daily hand-plunging  of the cap to extract colour, flavours and tannins. This was followed by careful basket pressing and maturation in a single French oak barrels for eighteen months. In keeping with our non-interventionist winemaking style we have neither fined nor filtered this wine and as a result decanting is recommended. 

Vinification

The Barossa Old Vine Charter was instituted to register vineyards by age, so that older vines could be preserved, retained and promoted. The grapes for this wine come from single vineyard in the Springton sub-region of the Eden Valley planted as a field blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Malbec in 1858.  These low yielding “Barossa Ancestor Vines ” have stood strong and proud for more than one hundred  and fifty years and are a living tribute to Barossa’s early European settlers. 

* Limited Release wine 1066 bottles produced.  

Reviews
GOLD Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2015
97 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Deepish red colour with a tinge of purple. Lovely floral and spicy complexities, with hints of pepper and ginger snap. The palate is tight and compact, intense and deep, firm and taut, with nicely measured grip and tremendous length. A powerhouse of a wine, but also one possessed of great elegance. The spice and floral touches are sensational. Almost infinite cellaring potential. (The vines, at Springton, were actually 155 years old in 2013. Released on The Château's 125th Anniversary in 2015).
96 Points
Review by: Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine
Epic wine – mouth-filling, layered, great intensity but retains a poise and brilliance that stretches infinitely long across the palate – layers and layers. Spice, blue fruits, herbs, silky tannins. It’s black hole stuff, but done so well. Brilliant expression of Barossa in all its might.
Trophy Australian Wine of the Year 2015
Review by: China Wine and Spirits Awards 2015, CWSA
95 Points Halliday
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017 Edition
The grapes come from a single vineyard in the Springton district planted in 1858, destemmed, open-fermented for 7 days, basket-pressed and matured in a single French puncheon (approximately 56 dozen) for 18 months. The colour is deceptively light, for the wine packs a fiery punch that will polarise opinions, but should be eagerly sought in the US. Not an easy wine to reduce to numbers. Drink By: 2033 - 95 Points
90 Points and Silver
Review by: Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
Silver Medal
Review by: International Wine Challenge 2017

 

Currently not available for purchase.
Other Vintages
2015 | 
WINEMAKER
Stuart Bourne
COLOUR
Red
GRAPE VARIETY
Grenache, Mourvedre, Malbec
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley
% ALCOHOL
15%
RESIDUAL SUGAR
1.8g/L
ACIDITY
6.16g/L
pH
3.52
MATURATION
18 Months in a single French oak puncheon.
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Tasting Notes

This special limited release and crafted wine is the perfect synergy of the three varieties Grenache, Mourvèdre and Malbec those being a Rhone style blend stays true to form . A medium bodied wine that displays  lifted spice with red and Blackberry compote. Soft tannins give a round and fleshy mouthfeel and with a long finish.

Winemaking

The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and spent seven days on skins in an open fermenter with  daily hand-plunging  of the cap to extract colour, flavours and tannins. This was followed by careful basket pressing and maturation in a single French oak barrels for eighteen months. In keeping with our non-interventionist winemaking style we have neither fined nor filtered this wine and as a result decanting is recommended. 

Vinification

The Barossa Old Vine Charter was instituted to register vineyards by age, so that older vines could be preserved, retained and promoted. The grapes for this wine come from single vineyard in the Springton sub-region of the Eden Valley planted as a field blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Malbec in 1858.  These low yielding “Barossa Ancestor Vines ” have stood strong and proud for more than one hundred  and fifty years and are a living tribute to Barossa’s early European settlers. 

* Limited Release wine 1066 bottles produced.  

Reviews
GOLD Medal

Score: GOLD Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2015

97 Points

Score: 97 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Deepish red colour with a tinge of purple. Lovely floral and spicy complexities, with hints of pepper and ginger snap. The palate is tight and compact, intense and deep, firm and taut, with nicely measured grip and tremendous length. A powerhouse of a wine, but also one possessed of great elegance. The spice and floral touches are sensational. Almost infinite cellaring potential. (The vines, at Springton, were actually 155 years old in 2013. Released on The Château's 125th Anniversary in 2015).

96 Points

Score: 96/100
Review by: Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine
Epic wine – mouth-filling, layered, great intensity but retains a poise and brilliance that stretches infinitely long across the palate – layers and layers. Spice, blue fruits, herbs, silky tannins. It’s black hole stuff, but done so well. Brilliant expression of Barossa in all its might.

Trophy Australian Wine of the Year 2015

Score: Trophy
Review by: China Wine and Spirits Awards 2015, CWSA

95 Points Halliday

Score: 95 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017 Edition
The grapes come from a single vineyard in the Springton district planted in 1858, destemmed, open-fermented for 7 days, basket-pressed and matured in a single French puncheon (approximately 56 dozen) for 18 months. The colour is deceptively light, for the wine packs a fiery punch that will polarise opinions, but should be eagerly sought in the US. Not an easy wine to reduce to numbers. Drink By: 2033 - 95 Points

90 Points and Silver

Score: 90 Points
Review by: Decanter World Wine Awards 2017

Silver Medal
Review by: International Wine Challenge 2017

 

Currently not available for purchase.
Other Vintages
2015 | 
WINEMAKER
Stuart Bourne
COLOUR
Red
GRAPE VARIETY
Grenache, Mourvedre, Malbec
GROWING REGION
Barossa Valley
% ALCOHOL
15%
RESIDUAL SUGAR
1.8g/L
ACIDITY
6.16g/L
pH
3.52
MATURATION
18 Months in a single French oak puncheon.
HI-RES PHOTO
Click here to download.

 

 

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