Shiraz Barossa South Australia
A small number of mature Shiraz blocks toward the southern parts of Barossa Valley are identified each year as potential candidates for Centenary Hill. Jacobs Creek were at the very establishment of South Australia and retain access to the nation's most distinguished, long lived vineyards. A highly prestigious Barossa effort, cellared at the Orlando wineworks, treated to the most refined oak maturation before an extravagant term of eighteen months bottle age to develop ornate, seamless complexity.
Parcels are selected from two old vineyards on the banks of Jacob Creek, a smaller harvest is included from a single site in the cooler Williamstown area. Each block is separately crushed into wide based static or traditional open concrete fermenters for macerations and vinification at 20ºC to 28ºC. Batches are drained and pressed separately into completely new French and American oak hogsheads, for completion of malolactic and two years maturation. Individual barrels are assessed for inclusion, only those found to be worthiest are assembled into Centenary Hill, bottled and sent to the Orlando cellars for a further two years of development before release.
Intense ruby red with violet hues. Subtle notes of chocolate, cigar box and black pepper are layered with concentrated plum, black cherry and festive cake. Soft and full bodied, the palate shows rich dark fruit and berry flavours, juicyness and luscious textures are supported by fine tannins and well integrated charry mocha oak. A structured, balanced and marvellously complex wine with persistent sweet berry finish.