Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Some of the gnarled and twisted old vines which yield the grapes for Barossa Babe date back to the first days of Barossa settlement in the 1840s, when pioneers replanted their precious cuttings from Europe. The intense power and complexity of this creation from mother nature will continue to improve in the bottle over the next fifteen years or more.
Barossa Babe began as a secret project, today it is a flagship wine, a most important member of maestro Tim Burvill's Rockbare family. Lovingly crafted with Shiraz grapes from parched and neglected old sites scattered around the Barossa. Much of the fruit comes from ancient vines, many are well over over a century old. Today, some of the Barossa growers that husband the ancient vines are sixth generation custodians of these peerless, dry grown parcels. Barossa Babe was treated to a warm vinification in small open top fermenters followed by eighteen months maturation in a combination of new and prior use French and American oak barrels.
Dark in colour, a deep red/ purple. Rich bouquets continue onto the full-bodied palate, intensely concentrated fruit flavours, mellowed by the exemplary oak maturation. An elemental and etheral wine with rich, ripe red and black cherry/ plum fruits overlaid by spice, aniseed/ ginger and spicy/ vanillin oak characters. The primary characters are complimented by sweet oak and gripping solid tannins, culminating in a wine of exceptional length.