Lovely floral and spicy complexities,with hints of fruits of the forest, pepper and ginger snap. The palate displays the full range of dark berries, Mediterranean herbs, and savoury pan jus elements.It tight and compact, intense and deep,firm and taut,with nicely measured grip and tremendous length. A powerhouse of a wine, but also one possessed of great elegance.
The grapes are destemmed and fermented in a small open stainless steel fermenter over 10 days. We gently hand plunge the must several times per day for a gentle extraction of aromas, colour and tannins.
Upon completion of fermentation, the wine is then basket-pressed and allowed to naturally complete malolactic fermentation, before 18 months’ maturation in French oak puncheons. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Planted before 1867 and back to pioneering beginnings of the Australian wine industry. There are less than 30 hectares of these ancestor vines in the Barossa. The best vineyards from this time provided the parent vines of varieties, which would go on to form the Australian vineyards of the future. The grapes are hand-picked and fermented in 1-ton open fermenters with regular hand- plunging. The wine is then gently basket pressed. It is bottled unfined and unfiltered. We have searched for an older field blend and to our knowledge, this would be the oldest.
* Limited Release wine 1200 bottles produced.
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