50 Year Old Vines Shiraz 2012
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Tasting Notes

This full bodied wine displays aromas of blackberry and black pepper supported by spicy, dark fruits on the palate with subtle integrated oak. The extensive finish is framed by elegant, fine grained tannins.  

Winemaking

The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and spent seven days on skins in an open fermenter with twice daily hand-plunging and gentle pump-overs of the cap to extract colour, flavours and tannins. This was followed by careful basket pressing and maturation in a combination of American and French oak barrels for twenty two months prior to bottling.

In keeping with our non-interventionist winemaking style we have neither fined nor filtered this wine and as a result decanting is recommended. 

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 just two small vineyards, one in the sub-region of Nuriootpa that lies on sandy loams and alluvial clays and the other in Vine Vale, a sub-region of the Barossa that lies on very deep sandy soils over clay. These low yielding “Old Vines” were planted between 1960 and 1961 and are now fully matured with root structure and trunk thickness that encourages diversity of flavour and character. 

Reviews
GOLD Medal
Review by: China Wine & Spirits Award 2014
GOLD Medal
Review by: Mundus VINI 2014
SILVER Outstanding
Review by: International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014
“Deep intense red colour. Bramble fruits in abundance, plum compote, cherry, spice and mocha. Intensely rich fruity palate, peppery spice, chocolate tannins meld with savoury oak. The whole is very smooth for such a big wine, great balance and integration. The finish is very long.”
94 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Deep red colour with a purple glint; the bouquet is rich dark chocolate and blood plum. The wine is full-bodied and softly fleshy, rich and deep, with density and grip and gravitas. Lovely wine in the typical Chateau Tanunda rich, fleshy, old-vine style. 20/5/2016 Drink 2016 to 2037
95 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017 Edition
Made from vines planted ’60–’61, the standard Château Tanunda vinification. Retains excellent hue, and has strong focus and power, the rich fruit braced by acidity and oak. Cork Drink to 2032 
91 Points
Review by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 50 Year Old Vines Shiraz is scented of cloves, eucalypt and incense over a core of mulberries, plum preserves and spice cake. Full-bodied, soft, plush and beautifully balanced in the mouth, the abundance of fruit is well framed by rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long. 2015 - 2022  
Premium Gold Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2012

 

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Other Vintages
2014 |  2015 | 
CLOSURE
Cork

WINEMAKER
Stuart Bourne
COLOUR
Red
BOUQUET
Aromas of blackberry, black pepper, vanilla and nutmeg.
PALATE
Spicy dark berry fruits with subtle integrated oak.
GRAPE VARIETY
Shiraz
% ALCOHOL
14.5%
RESIDUAL SUGAR
2.3 g/L
ACIDITY
6.65g/L
pH
3.57
MATURATION
22 Months French & American Oak.
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Tasting Notes

This full bodied wine displays aromas of blackberry and black pepper supported by spicy, dark fruits on the palate with subtle integrated oak. The extensive finish is framed by elegant, fine grained tannins.  

Winemaking

The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and spent seven days on skins in an open fermenter with twice daily hand-plunging and gentle pump-overs of the cap to extract colour, flavours and tannins. This was followed by careful basket pressing and maturation in a combination of American and French oak barrels for twenty two months prior to bottling.

In keeping with our non-interventionist winemaking style we have neither fined nor filtered this wine and as a result decanting is recommended. 

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 just two small vineyards, one in the sub-region of Nuriootpa that lies on sandy loams and alluvial clays and the other in Vine Vale, a sub-region of the Barossa that lies on very deep sandy soils over clay. These low yielding “Old Vines” were planted between 1960 and 1961 and are now fully matured with root structure and trunk thickness that encourages diversity of flavour and character. 

Reviews
GOLD Medal

Score: GOLD Medal
Review by: China Wine & Spirits Award 2014

GOLD Medal

Score: GOLD Medal
Review by: Mundus VINI 2014

SILVER Outstanding

Score: SILVER Outstanding
Review by: International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014
“Deep intense red colour. Bramble fruits in abundance, plum compote, cherry, spice and mocha. Intensely rich fruity palate, peppery spice, chocolate tannins meld with savoury oak. The whole is very smooth for such a big wine, great balance and integration. The finish is very long.”

94 Points

Score: 94 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Deep red colour with a purple glint; the bouquet is rich dark chocolate and blood plum. The wine is full-bodied and softly fleshy, rich and deep, with density and grip and gravitas. Lovely wine in the typical Chateau Tanunda rich, fleshy, old-vine style. 20/5/2016 Drink 2016 to 2037

95 Points

Score: 95 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017 Edition
Made from vines planted ’60–’61, the standard Château Tanunda vinification. Retains excellent hue, and has strong focus and power, the rich fruit braced by acidity and oak. Cork Drink to 2032 

91 Points

Score: 91 Points
Review by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 50 Year Old Vines Shiraz is scented of cloves, eucalypt and incense over a core of mulberries, plum preserves and spice cake. Full-bodied, soft, plush and beautifully balanced in the mouth, the abundance of fruit is well framed by rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long. 2015 - 2022  

Premium Gold Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2012

 

Currently not available for purchase.
Other Vintages
2014 |  2015 | 
CLOSURE
Cork

WINEMAKER
Stuart Bourne
COLOUR
Red
BOUQUET
Aromas of blackberry, black pepper, vanilla and nutmeg.
PALATE
Spicy dark berry fruits with subtle integrated oak.
GRAPE VARIETY
Shiraz
% ALCOHOL
14.5%
RESIDUAL SUGAR
2.3 g/L
ACIDITY
6.65g/L
pH
3.57
MATURATION
22 Months French & American Oak.
HI-RES PHOTO
Click here to download.

 

 

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