The Chateau '100 Year Old Vines' Shiraz 2016
Tasting Notes

The wine delivers classical regional characters of dense, spicy blueberry fruit and savoury pan jus. Hints of liquorice, plum, and all-spice all delicately interwoven. 

A fine-grained tannin structure and depth of flavour all show that this wine has incredible future ahead of it.

Winemaking

The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and spent seven days on their skins in open fermenters with hand-plunging four times daily to gently extract colour, flavours and tannins. This was followed by careful basket pressing followed 24 months' maturation in our cellars in a combination of French and American oak (20% New).

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 2019
95 Points
Review by: Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine
A striking wine for its depth and richness, a riot of plum, blueberry and clove-cedar character, thickset in the palate but with that moreish, pillowy, lightly creamy texture that Barossa does so well. Weight is full, but the balance is all in tow. It's a wine that mobs the senses in the best possible sense. 
Gold Medal
Review by: China Wine and Spirits Awards 2019
98 Points
Review by: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
A spectacular shiraz combining power and refinement; the splendidly expressed bouquet shows dark fruit intensity with chocolate tart, cedar, toasted spice and tapenade characters. It is impressively concentrated on the palate offering exceptional depth and breath, wonderfully enhanced by velvety mouthfeel and seamlessly woven tannins. Symphonic and breathtaking. At its best: 2022 to 2036. 
95 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020
From Nuriootpa and the Eden Valley, basket-pressed and matured in French oak for 24 months. The two regions generate complexity, savoury cadences from Nuri (in the Barossa Valley), richer, darker flavours from the Eden Valley. The net result is positive for a medium to full-bodied wine...Drink by 2036
97 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, The Real Review
A bigger, more plush wine than the 50-year-old, showing amazing density and concentration, flesh and fruit sweetness, and smoky oak char. A thoroughly decadent wine, very powerful. Great concentration, with big, robust tannins. A whopper of a wine, amazingly powerful and profound, with almost endless persistence. Most impressive. Fruitcake and graphite. Extraordinary wine. 
Silver Medal
Review by: Global Syrah Masters 2019
93 Points
Review by: Wine Enthusiast
This is a classic wine from a traditional Barossa estate that balances power and elegance. The nose is rich but enticing with aromas like chocolate-covered cherry, dried thyme and olive tapenade. Fine-grained tannins on the palate buoy a lovely midpalate of vibrant fruit. A chalky texture is made drier by the oak, but this will integrate into the wine with time. Drink 2023–2030.

 

$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
24 Months New and seasoned American & French Oak (20% New)
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Tasting Notes

The wine delivers classical regional characters of dense, spicy blueberry fruit and savoury pan jus. Hints of liquorice, plum, and all-spice all delicately interwoven. 

A fine-grained tannin structure and depth of flavour all show that this wine has incredible future ahead of it.

Winemaking

The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and spent seven days on their skins in open fermenters with hand-plunging four times daily to gently extract colour, flavours and tannins. This was followed by careful basket pressing followed 24 months' maturation in our cellars in a combination of French and American oak (20% New).

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 2019

95 Points
Review by: Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine
A striking wine for its depth and richness, a riot of plum, blueberry and clove-cedar character, thickset in the palate but with that moreish, pillowy, lightly creamy texture that Barossa does so well. Weight is full, but the balance is all in tow. It's a wine that mobs the senses in the best possible sense. 

Gold Medal
Review by: China Wine and Spirits Awards 2019

98 Points
Review by: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
A spectacular shiraz combining power and refinement; the splendidly expressed bouquet shows dark fruit intensity with chocolate tart, cedar, toasted spice and tapenade characters. It is impressively concentrated on the palate offering exceptional depth and breath, wonderfully enhanced by velvety mouthfeel and seamlessly woven tannins. Symphonic and breathtaking. At its best: 2022 to 2036. 

95 Points
Review by: James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020
From Nuriootpa and the Eden Valley, basket-pressed and matured in French oak for 24 months. The two regions generate complexity, savoury cadences from Nuri (in the Barossa Valley), richer, darker flavours from the Eden Valley. The net result is positive for a medium to full-bodied wine...Drink by 2036

97 Points
Review by: Huon Hooke, The Real Review
A bigger, more plush wine than the 50-year-old, showing amazing density and concentration, flesh and fruit sweetness, and smoky oak char. A thoroughly decadent wine, very powerful. Great concentration, with big, robust tannins. A whopper of a wine, amazingly powerful and profound, with almost endless persistence. Most impressive. Fruitcake and graphite. Extraordinary wine. 

Silver Medal
Review by: Global Syrah Masters 2019

93 Points Review by: Wine Enthusiast
This is a classic wine from a traditional Barossa estate that balances power and elegance. The nose is rich but enticing with aromas like chocolate-covered cherry, dried thyme and olive tapenade. Fine-grained tannins on the palate buoy a lovely midpalate of vibrant fruit. A chalky texture is made drier by the oak, but this will integrate into the wine with time. Drink 2023–2030.

 

$150.00 per bottle


Other Vintages
2005 |  2006 |  2008 |  2009 |  2010 |  2012 |  2013 |  2014 |  2015 | 
CLOSURE
Cork

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

 

 

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