50 Year Old Vines Shiraz 2015
Tasting Notes

Medium to deep crimson/purple. Powerfully intense aniseed, blackberry, mulberry and blueberry fruit aromas, with ginger, mint notes. Vigorous and fleshy with generous blueberry, blackberry flavors, excellent mid-palate richness and plentiful brambly-chocolatey tannins. 

Winemaking

 The grapes are destemmed, but not crushed, and spend seven days on their skins in open fermenters with hand-plunging twice daily to more gently extract colour, flavours and tannins.

 This is followed by careful basket pressing and malolactic fermentation in a combination of new and seasoned American and French oak prior to 20 months maturation in our cellars. 

In keeping with our non-interventionalist winemaking style we neither fine nor filter this wine. 

Vinification

The grapes from this wine come from just two small vineyards in the Nuriootpa and Vine Vale parishes of the Barossa. The Nuriootpa vineyard lies on sandy loams and alluvial clays, while he Vine Vale vineyard is on very deep sand soils over clay These low-yielding “Barossa Old Vines” were planted between 1960 and 1961 and are now fully mature. They have a root structure and trunk thickness that encourage diversity of flavor and character. Their worthiness has been proven over many vintages, consistently producing the highest quality fruit.  

Reviews
95 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Equal #6 of 71 Barossa Shiraz 2015  Deep, rich red colour with tinges of purple. The bouquet is smoky, earthy, sooty and charcoal over dark plum and cranberry fruit. Appealing integration of char oak and dark Barossa shiraz fruit. It's full-bodied and superbly textured, with flesh and intensity, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Excellent wine, satisfying and plush. Drink 2017-2037
93 Points
Review by: Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine
A riotous red of deep flavour, pleasing fog of perfume and general lip-smacking satisfaction. It offers concentrated berry-cherry flavours with licks of coffee and cocoa. Oak lends a sweet spice, and builds detail into the thick, rich texture. Full figured done very well. 
A single bottle worth your attention
Review by: Peter Bourne, www.peterbourne.com.au
January 2018 Keen Eye Pick: This iconic Barossa shiraz is bold, brash and potent. Sourced from 2 vineyards planted in 1960-61, this splendid shiraz tells the story of the Barossa’s unique terroir. Enjoy with a juicy T-bone steak.
95 Points
Review by: Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion
Destemmed not crushed, 7 days on skins, open-fermented, hand-plunging and basket-pressed to new and seasoned American and French oak for 20 months. Everything is in its place from spicy dark fruits, fine tannins to the judicious use of oak. It's quite savoury with umami flavours from licorice to soy sauce and just manages to stay in the elegant spectrum. Drink By 2026
Silver Medal
Review by: China Wine and Spirits Awards 2018

 

Other Vintages
2012 |  2014 | 
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
15.5%
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50 YOV Shiraz
Tasting Notes

Medium to deep crimson/purple. Powerfully intense aniseed, blackberry, mulberry and blueberry fruit aromas, with ginger, mint notes. Vigorous and fleshy with generous blueberry, blackberry flavors, excellent mid-palate richness and plentiful brambly-chocolatey tannins. 

Winemaking

 The grapes are destemmed, but not crushed, and spend seven days on their skins in open fermenters with hand-plunging twice daily to more gently extract colour, flavours and tannins.

 This is followed by careful basket pressing and malolactic fermentation in a combination of new and seasoned American and French oak prior to 20 months maturation in our cellars. 

In keeping with our non-interventionalist winemaking style we neither fine nor filter this wine. 

Vinification

The grapes from this wine come from just two small vineyards in the Nuriootpa and Vine Vale parishes of the Barossa. The Nuriootpa vineyard lies on sandy loams and alluvial clays, while he Vine Vale vineyard is on very deep sand soils over clay These low-yielding “Barossa Old Vines” were planted between 1960 and 1961 and are now fully mature. They have a root structure and trunk thickness that encourage diversity of flavor and character. Their worthiness has been proven over many vintages, consistently producing the highest quality fruit.  

Reviews
95 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Equal #6 of 71 Barossa Shiraz 2015  Deep, rich red colour with tinges of purple. The bouquet is smoky, earthy, sooty and charcoal over dark plum and cranberry fruit. Appealing integration of char oak and dark Barossa shiraz fruit. It's full-bodied and superbly textured, with flesh and intensity, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Excellent wine, satisfying and plush. Drink 2017-2037

93 Points
Review by: Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine
A riotous red of deep flavour, pleasing fog of perfume and general lip-smacking satisfaction. It offers concentrated berry-cherry flavours with licks of coffee and cocoa. Oak lends a sweet spice, and builds detail into the thick, rich texture. Full figured done very well. 

A single bottle worth your attention
Review by: Peter Bourne, www.peterbourne.com.au
January 2018 Keen Eye Pick: This iconic Barossa shiraz is bold, brash and potent. Sourced from 2 vineyards planted in 1960-61, this splendid shiraz tells the story of the Barossa’s unique terroir. Enjoy with a juicy T-bone steak.

95 Points
Review by: Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion
Destemmed not crushed, 7 days on skins, open-fermented, hand-plunging and basket-pressed to new and seasoned American and French oak for 20 months. Everything is in its place from spicy dark fruits, fine tannins to the judicious use of oak. It's quite savoury with umami flavours from licorice to soy sauce and just manages to stay in the elegant spectrum. Drink By 2026

Silver Medal
Review by: China Wine and Spirits Awards 2018

 

Other Vintages
2012 |  2014 | 
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
15.5%

 

 

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50 YOV Shiraz