Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia
A collaboration between one of Australia's most intrepid, artisanal boutique winemakers and skilled contract viticulturalists. Simon Cowham became intimate with Eden Valley's most exquisite sites during a tour of duty at Yalumba. He is retained by the most prestigious wineries and manages the finest Barossa vineyards. Cowham has assembled choice parcels of old vines fruit, from precious blocks over fifty years of age, grown to salubrious sites on the Eden Valley ranges and hamlet of Moculta, for a more refined style of Shiraz, alluringly perfumed, structured and statuesque.
Grapes are all hand picked and crushed into small 1½ tonnes open topped fermenters, a ortion of whole bunches are included in the cold, A wild indigenous yeast vinification peaks at 32°C before being cooled to 28°C. A course of good old fashioned daily hand plunging aids in gentle extraction of tannin and flavour. After an extended term on skins, ferments are pressed into predominately new French oak hogsheads for completion and malolactic. Batches are matured for up to two years before assemblage, natural clarification and stabilisation, to be bottled after minimal finings and without filtration, to retain mouthfeel and refined textures.