Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Saltram No.1 is one of the nation's great icon reds, a powerful expression of Australian Shiraz. In 1859 William Salter cleared ten acres of land at his Mamre Brook homestead near Angaston in the Barossa and planted Shiraz. On March 20 1862, Saltram crushed its first grapes and produced 1800 gallons of a wine that was simply called No 1 Shiraz. For the next thirty years, successive vintages of No.1 performed brilliantly at Australian and International wine exhibitions. The secret to the success lies in a heritage of extraordinary old Barossa vineyards.
Sourced from mature, low yielding dry grown vines, grown to the best Saltram vineyards and choice sites on the Barossa Valley floor. Saltram NO.1 is a classic statement of intensity and finesse. After careful fruit selection and harvest, grapes are crushed and the must transferred to traditional open fermenters. To extract maximum colour, flavour and tannins from skins, the juices are treated to an extended maceration. After ferments are complete the wine is pressed and racked into a selection of seasoned and new French oak barrels and larger format oak vats. After twenty two months maturation, batches are assessed and the finest of all are included into the finished Number One. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep, dark red. Aromas of mulberry, black olive, pure dark chocolate, blood plum and blackberry are supported by cassis. The palate is full and powerful with rich varietal flavours following the nose. Richly layered with even textured tannins, savoury notes and a long finish. A show style, but a very, very good one, displaying approachable intensity immediately upon release.