Shiraz Barossa South Australia
A single vineyard Shiraz, vinified from hand picked fruit grown to a unique property in Valley Eden, meticulously crafted by a family managed winemaking operation at Moculta. The Hartz Barn wineworks have served the local community as a supermarket since 1885, pointedly known locally as the Henschke General Store. Originally settled by Lutherans, Moculta is the site of two ancient churches, Gruenberg and Gnadenberg. The Hartz Barn vineyard is fortuitously positioned not far from Henschke's legendary Mount Edelstone and Hill of Grace.
Hartz Barn's Dennistone Vineyard is planted on choice clones of phylloxera resistant rootstock. Soils are loam over red brown friable clay subsoils, well structured and free draining. Warm to hot summer days and cool evenings facilitate the extended ripening period. The favourable climes combine with a carefully managed regimen of ground moisture monitoring to produce spectacular wines. Fruit is crushed and vinified in open vats over a course of several days, basket pressed and transferred to a mix of French and American oak hogsheads for the completion of malolactic. The finished batches are racked and returned to barrel for a year's maturation before assemblage. Alcohol 14.0%
Deep black plum colour. Aroma of chocolate and berries, black fruits and vanilla oak. The palate offers intense spiced bramble flavours, plums and blackberry, licorice and milled pepper supported by fragrant vanilla/ cocoa oak over a frame of pliant, chewy tannins. Already beautifully integrated in it's youth, General Store is a seriously stylish Shiraz to accompany meats and flavourful savoury recipes.