Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Marschall Groom is the culmination of many years accumulated experience in the construct of Australia's most memorable vintages. The dream became reality following acquistion of a barren property in the Kalimna appellation of Barossa, directly adjacent Penfolds Kalimna Vineyard, home of the mighty Grange. Showing less oak than is typical of Australian Shiraz, Groom succeeds in being rich without any overt jammy or tannic qualities. Nose and palate exhibit good spice, anise and berry flavours, a firm, fleshy structure and fine textures.
In 1997 the first acres on Marschall Groom's Kalimna Bush Block were planted to Shiraz, producing a crop for the 1999 vintage. Classic, ultra premium Shiraz territory! The unforgiving soils are well known for very low yields, loose clusters and extremely small berries. To compliment the youth of estate vines, a component is sourced from the distinguished Fechner Vineyard, home to fifty years old vines. The parcels of Shiraz are treated to a traditional and gentle vinification, minimally handled to small batch vinification techniques. Juices are punched down over skins in open top vessels for several days, followed by an extended maturation in a selection of new and seasoned American and French oak barrels.
Deep, black and brooding in colour. The nose shows bright fresh aromas of blackberry, licorice and spice, true to its variety. The new oak component is kept at a minimum allowing the vibrant fruit characters to elevate. A palate that will appeal to all, particularly the warmth, length and velvety silkiness it delivers. This is an awesome, delicious Shiraz, a very focused, classy and beautifully structured wine.