100 Year Old Vines Shiraz 2018
Tasting Notes

From some of the oldest ungrafted Shiraz vines in the world, all of at least 100 years of age.

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

A fine grained tannin structure and depth of flavour all show that this wine is made to last the distance in the cellar. A long balanced finish with persistence.

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).

In keeping with the non-interventionist winemaking style we have neither fined nor filtered this wine. 

 

Vineyard

 

VINEYARD From just two small vineyards on the Eastern Edge of Vine Vale and the Nuriootpa sub-regions of the Barossa
SOIL TYPE Vine Vale - Deep sandy loam soils
Nuriootpa - Alluvial sandy soil over red brown earth

From just two small vineyards on the Eastern Edge of Vine Vale (Deep Sandy Loam) and the Nuriootpa (Alluvial Sand over Red Brown Earth) sub-regions of the Barossa

 

Reviews
GOLD MEDAL
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2021
97 Points
Review by: Andrew Caillard MW
Deep crimson. Ample dark berry dark chocolate aromas with underlying roasted chestnut / cedar wood, pipe tobacco notes. Generous and velvety smooth with plentiful dark cherry, blackberry, mulberry fruits, fine looseknit chalky textures, attractive mid-palate viscosity and superbly integrated roasted chestnut, roasted almond, vanilla oak notes. Finishes chocolaty firm with bitter-sweet paneforte notes. The acidity tightens up the palate giving wonderful line and length. An alcoholic kick further lengthens the wine. Sourced from two centenarian vineyards (Eden Valley & Barossa Valley). Drink 2023 – 2035 
97 Points
Review by: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Super rich yet gracious and sophisticated, showing blackberry, spiced plum, clove and cedar characters on the nose, leading to an opulent palate that’s packed by rich fruit flavours as well as complex spicy notes. Seamless and wonderfully long on the finish. At its best: 2024 to 2043. 
97 Points
Review by: Ken Gargett
A seriously dark purple with intense aromas. This is special. The impressive structure and incredible persistence is immediately apparent. While wines like these are hard to keep hands off, it would be vinicide. This is a wine that future generations will be able to open to show just how good Shiraz from the Barossa was back in the day. The early hints of complexity appearing here now will really make their mark given time. There is lashings of chocolate here. Oak is immaculately integrated. Black fruits dominate, though there are hints of blueberries, cassis, leather, cloves, black olives and blackcurrants. Silky tannins and wonderful balance. What is not to love? 
94 Points
Review by: Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot

The charm in this wine is in its brooding, dark heart. There are lashings of rich mulberry and blueberry fruits lifted by ground, toasted spices and red earth aromas, with oak only in support. The palate is robust and bright – hearty dark fruits to start before the old vines kick in to provide a subtle, seamless and long finish underpinned by fine but significant tannins. Delicious to enjoy now but also with the stuffing to improve over the next decade. Drink: 2024 - 2035

 

100 yo
Tasting Notes

From some of the oldest ungrafted Shiraz vines in the world, all of at least 100 years of age.

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

A fine grained tannin structure and depth of flavour all show that this wine is made to last the distance in the cellar. A long balanced finish with persistence.

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).

In keeping with the non-interventionist winemaking style we have neither fined nor filtered this wine. 

 

Vinification

 

VINEYARD From just two small vineyards on the Eastern Edge of Vine Vale and the Nuriootpa sub-regions of the Barossa
SOIL TYPE Vine Vale - Deep sandy loam soils
Nuriootpa - Alluvial sandy soil over red brown earth

From just two small vineyards on the Eastern Edge of Vine Vale (Deep Sandy Loam) and the Nuriootpa (Alluvial Sand over Red Brown Earth) sub-regions of the Barossa

 

Reviews
GOLD MEDAL

Score: GOLD MEDAL
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2021

97 Points

Score: 97 Points
Review by: Andrew Caillard MW
Deep crimson. Ample dark berry dark chocolate aromas with underlying roasted chestnut / cedar wood, pipe tobacco notes. Generous and velvety smooth with plentiful dark cherry, blackberry, mulberry fruits, fine looseknit chalky textures, attractive mid-palate viscosity and superbly integrated roasted chestnut, roasted almond, vanilla oak notes. Finishes chocolaty firm with bitter-sweet paneforte notes. The acidity tightens up the palate giving wonderful line and length. An alcoholic kick further lengthens the wine. Sourced from two centenarian vineyards (Eden Valley & Barossa Valley). Drink 2023 – 2035 

97 Points
Review by: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Super rich yet gracious and sophisticated, showing blackberry, spiced plum, clove and cedar characters on the nose, leading to an opulent palate that’s packed by rich fruit flavours as well as complex spicy notes. Seamless and wonderfully long on the finish. At its best: 2024 to 2043. 

97 Points

Score: 97 Points
Review by: Ken Gargett
A seriously dark purple with intense aromas. This is special. The impressive structure and incredible persistence is immediately apparent. While wines like these are hard to keep hands off, it would be vinicide. This is a wine that future generations will be able to open to show just how good Shiraz from the Barossa was back in the day. The early hints of complexity appearing here now will really make their mark given time. There is lashings of chocolate here. Oak is immaculately integrated. Black fruits dominate, though there are hints of blueberries, cassis, leather, cloves, black olives and blackcurrants. Silky tannins and wonderful balance. What is not to love? 

94 Points

Score: 94 Points
Review by: Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot

The charm in this wine is in its brooding, dark heart. There are lashings of rich mulberry and blueberry fruits lifted by ground, toasted spices and red earth aromas, with oak only in support. The palate is robust and bright – hearty dark fruits to start before the old vines kick in to provide a subtle, seamless and long finish underpinned by fine but significant tannins. Delicious to enjoy now but also with the stuffing to improve over the next decade. Drink: 2024 - 2035

 

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