50 Year Old Vines Shiraz 2018
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 flavours, 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 French oak prior to 24 months maturation in our cellars. 

Vineyard

The grapes from this wine come from a selection of Barossa old vine vineyards planted in the 1960s and 50s. 

These low-yielding “Barossa Old Vines” were planted before 1970 and are now fully mature on their own original rootstock. They have a root structure and trunk thickness that encourage diversity of flavour and character. Their worthiness has been proven over many vintages, consistently producing the highest quality fruit.  

Reviews
96 Points
Review by: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
This is immediately enticing on the nose with black/purple fruit richness with tapenade, dark chocolate, cake spice and cracked pepper notes, followed by a powerful full-bodied palate delivering layers of delicious flavours backed by refined tannins, finishing super long and satisfying. At its best: 2024 to 2038
GRAND GOLD MEDAL
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2021
96 Points
Review by: Andrew Caillard MW
Deep crimson. Beautiful roasted coffee, blackberry, dark cherry aromas with underlying mocha herb garden notes. Classically proportioned and refined Barossa Shiraz with pure black berry, dark cherry, praline/ dark cacao flavours, fine looseknit chalky/ al dente tannins, plentiful mocha/ vanilla oak notes and integrated acidity. Finishes chocolaty firm with persistent choco-berry liquorice notes. A benchmark Barossa Shiraz. Keep for a while. Drink now – 2032
95 Points
Review by: Ken Gargett
Loved it. A dark maroon opaque colour, followed by just gorgeous fragrances. The wine is concentrated and yet balanced and fully focussed. Generous flavours throughout – spices, leather, black fruits, cassis, chocolate and coffee bean. Ripe, seamless and with a supple texture right across the palate. Satiny tannins, excellent length, this is a superb example of what the Barossa can do. 
94 Points
Review by: Angus Hughson, Wine Pilot

Deep ruby in colour, it’s understated now but also reserved and confident with concentrated aromas of leather, chocolate, ground spices and sweet oak. It’s quite tightly bound too and complete which bodes very well for the future. That fruit focus then continues on the palate and with a surprising elegance and again there is brooding power of dark, earthy fruits which then hold for a long, sustained finish thanks to ample tannins. You could miss this as a youngster but give it time as it is sure to shine long and bright.

92 Points
Review by: James Suckling
A very classic Barossa shiraz with stacks of ripe plum and blackberry fruit with delicate spicy notes. Rich and fleshy, but with healthy tannins underlining this and giving it a clear line across the palate. Rather dense black-fruit and licorice character at the moderately long finish. Drink or hold.

 

$80.00 per bottle


Other Vintages
2012 |  2014 |  2015 |  2016 |  2017 | 
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%
pH
3.4
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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 flavours, 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 French oak prior to 24 months maturation in our cellars. 

Vinification

The grapes from this wine come from a selection of Barossa old vine vineyards planted in the 1960s and 50s. 

These low-yielding “Barossa Old Vines” were planted before 1970 and are now fully mature on their own original rootstock. They have a root structure and trunk thickness that encourage diversity of flavour and character. Their worthiness has been proven over many vintages, consistently producing the highest quality fruit.  

Reviews
96 Points
Review by: Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
This is immediately enticing on the nose with black/purple fruit richness with tapenade, dark chocolate, cake spice and cracked pepper notes, followed by a powerful full-bodied palate delivering layers of delicious flavours backed by refined tannins, finishing super long and satisfying. At its best: 2024 to 2038

GRAND GOLD MEDAL

Score: GRAND GOLD MEDAL
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2021

96 Points

Score: 96 Points
Review by: Andrew Caillard MW
Deep crimson. Beautiful roasted coffee, blackberry, dark cherry aromas with underlying mocha herb garden notes. Classically proportioned and refined Barossa Shiraz with pure black berry, dark cherry, praline/ dark cacao flavours, fine looseknit chalky/ al dente tannins, plentiful mocha/ vanilla oak notes and integrated acidity. Finishes chocolaty firm with persistent choco-berry liquorice notes. A benchmark Barossa Shiraz. Keep for a while. Drink now – 2032

95 Points

Score: 95 Points
Review by: Ken Gargett
Loved it. A dark maroon opaque colour, followed by just gorgeous fragrances. The wine is concentrated and yet balanced and fully focussed. Generous flavours throughout – spices, leather, black fruits, cassis, chocolate and coffee bean. Ripe, seamless and with a supple texture right across the palate. Satiny tannins, excellent length, this is a superb example of what the Barossa can do. 

94 Points

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

Deep ruby in colour, it’s understated now but also reserved and confident with concentrated aromas of leather, chocolate, ground spices and sweet oak. It’s quite tightly bound too and complete which bodes very well for the future. That fruit focus then continues on the palate and with a surprising elegance and again there is brooding power of dark, earthy fruits which then hold for a long, sustained finish thanks to ample tannins. You could miss this as a youngster but give it time as it is sure to shine long and bright.

92 Points

Score: 92 Points
Review by: James Suckling
A very classic Barossa shiraz with stacks of ripe plum and blackberry fruit with delicate spicy notes. Rich and fleshy, but with healthy tannins underlining this and giving it a clear line across the palate. Rather dense black-fruit and licorice character at the moderately long finish. Drink or hold.

 

$80.00 per bottle


Other Vintages
2012 |  2014 |  2015 |  2016 |  2017 | 
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%
pH
3.4

 

 

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