98 Points and Top 100 Wines 2014 James Halliday
Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia
Exceptional Langtons Classification. From vines almost a century of age, established to a superior Eden Valley site, selected by one of the nation's most venerable viticulturalists. Deep loam soils and a Mediterranean climate, refreshed by cool nights, permit a slow ripening which encourages the ancient vines to yield parcels of the most extraordinary Shiraz grapes. Inaugurally bottled as a single vineyard edition in 1952, with a provenance that's second to none, Mount Edelstone represents a bespoke rival to the mighty Hill of Grace.
One of Australia's most distinguished and enduring wines, the Mount Edelstone vineyard was planted in 1912 by Ronald Angas, a descendant of George Fife Angas, founder of South Australia. Unusual for its time, it was planted exclusively to Shiraz. The ancient 500 million years old soils are deep red brown clay and loams, achieving low yields of fruit from the century old, dry grown, ungrafted vines. The anthocyanins in the berries at Mount Edelstone are very high, indicating a remarkably superior quality of Shiraz. Following harvest and completion of ferments, the finished wine is treated to eighteen months in a selection of seasoned and new French and American oak hogsheads prior to assemblage. Alcohol 14.5%
Deep red with violet hues. Intense, classic aromas of rich, ripe satsuma plums, blue and black berry fruits are supported by cedar, tar and Mount Edelstone's characteristic bay leaf, sage and pepper spice. The elegant palate is focused with lashings of lush, ripe plum fruit, black pepper, sage oil and exotic Indian spices; complex and textured with fine, velvety tannins for an extended and concentrated finish.