50 Year Old Vines Shiraz 2016
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 24 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 three small vineyards in the Bethany, Marananga and Light Pass parishes of the Barossa. The Bethany vineyard lies on sandy loams and alluvial clays, while the Light Pass vineyard is on alluvial Sandy Brown loams, and the Marananga on rich red brown loams. 

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, The Real Review
Good depth of bright red/purple colour. Rich, spicy black plum bouquet, the palate lavish, full-bodied and spicy with a light sprinkling of oak. It's very full-bodied, rich, deep and concentrated, with lovely flavour and balance. Tannins are ample and supple. Sweetly ripe, almost decadent, flavour.
Drink 2019 to 2034
Gold Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2019
96 Points
Review by: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
This is stunning; the richly expressed bouquet shows blackberry, dark plum, vanillin oak, cocoa and toasted spice characters, followed by a sumptuous palate that is superbly weighted and expansive. It is powerfully graceful, loaded with delicious flavours. At its best: now to 2030. AU$75.00. 
Gold Medal
Review by: China Wine and Spirits Awards 2019

 

$75.00 per bottle


Other Vintages
2012 |  2014 |  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%
pH
3.46
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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 24 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 three small vineyards in the Bethany, Marananga and Light Pass parishes of the Barossa. The Bethany vineyard lies on sandy loams and alluvial clays, while the Light Pass vineyard is on alluvial Sandy Brown loams, and the Marananga on rich red brown loams. 

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, The Real Review
Good depth of bright red/purple colour. Rich, spicy black plum bouquet, the palate lavish, full-bodied and spicy with a light sprinkling of oak. It's very full-bodied, rich, deep and concentrated, with lovely flavour and balance. Tannins are ample and supple. Sweetly ripe, almost decadent, flavour.
Drink 2019 to 2034

Gold Medal
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2019

96 Points
Review by: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
This is stunning; the richly expressed bouquet shows blackberry, dark plum, vanillin oak, cocoa and toasted spice characters, followed by a sumptuous palate that is superbly weighted and expansive. It is powerfully graceful, loaded with delicious flavours. At its best: now to 2030. AU$75.00. 

Gold Medal
Review by: China Wine and Spirits Awards 2019

 

$75.00 per bottle


Other Vintages
2012 |  2014 |  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%
pH
3.46

 

 

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