50 Year Old Vines Shiraz 2014
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 are destemmed, but not crushed, and spend 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 is followed by careful basket pressing and maturation in a combination of American and French oak barrels for 24 months prior to bottling.

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
Premium Gold Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2017
91 Points
Review by: Decanter World Wine Awards 2017
Masters Trophy and Top Scoring Wine of Show
Review by: Drinks Business, Global Syrah Masters 2017
95 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Wine Companion 2018
This is a limited release drawn from old, low yielding vines. A vinous thrust of dark fruit flavours and Christmas cake spice is contrasted against the parry of generous oak and granular, bitter chocolate tannins. A shade of light in the form of tangy red fruits linger on a pulsating finish. NG Drink By:2035
Gold Medal
Review by: China Wine and Spirits Awards 2017
Silver Medal
Review by: International Wine Challenge 2017
92 Points
Review by: Josh Raynolds, Vinous
Opaque ruby. Heady dark berry liqueur, licorice pastille and violet aromas; allspice and vanilla nuances build in the background by a core of juicy acidity. Plays richness off energy with a sure hand and finishes impressively long, smooth and gently tannic, leaving a sappy blue fruit note behind. 

 

Other Vintages
2012 |  2015 | 
CLOSURE
Cork

WINEMAKER
Neville Rowe
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%
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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 are destemmed, but not crushed, and spend 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 is followed by careful basket pressing and maturation in a combination of American and French oak barrels for 24 months prior to bottling.

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
Premium Gold Medal

Score: Premium Gold Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2017

91 Points

Score: 91 Points
Review by: Decanter World Wine Awards 2017

Masters Trophy and Top Scoring Wine of Show
Review by: Drinks Business, Global Syrah Masters 2017

95 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Wine Companion 2018
This is a limited release drawn from old, low yielding vines. A vinous thrust of dark fruit flavours and Christmas cake spice is contrasted against the parry of generous oak and granular, bitter chocolate tannins. A shade of light in the form of tangy red fruits linger on a pulsating finish. NG Drink By:2035

Gold Medal
Review by: China Wine and Spirits Awards 2017

Silver Medal
Review by: International Wine Challenge 2017

92 Points
Review by: Josh Raynolds, Vinous
Opaque ruby. Heady dark berry liqueur, licorice pastille and violet aromas; allspice and vanilla nuances build in the background by a core of juicy acidity. Plays richness off energy with a sure hand and finishes impressively long, smooth and gently tannic, leaving a sappy blue fruit note behind. 

 

Other Vintages
2012 |  2015 | 
CLOSURE
Cork

WINEMAKER
Neville Rowe
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%

 

 

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