Shiraz Barossa South Australia
Villa Loco allows nature to do its work, to yield fruit which is minimally handled, allowing the ferments to progress in a slow and easy manner. Selection of site and minimalist handling of the fruit are central. This allows the wines to reflect the perfection of nature. The end result is a Shiraz which expresses the varietal profile and regional character from whence it originates.
The winemaking team work closely with the growers to nurture parcels of grapes that are just right for the style of wine which is Villa Loco. Fruit is delivered to the winery in pristine condition, sorted and transferred to fermenters. Mother nature is never interrupted should wild yeasts begin the ferments, which are temperature controlled and coordinated, to retain the primary characters of the Shiraz, and to preserve the expression of the Barossa vineyards. Villa Loco is treated to an extended maturation in a combination of tightly grained oak barrels, which serve to fully integrate the wine, soften the tannins and enhance complexity.
A deeply coloured wine. Aromas of pan grille and plum, anise and cocoa. Dark plums and bramble characters are conjoined by spice, cigarbox and menthol. The impressions follow through onto the dark cherry, plum and pepper, medium bodied palate. An exemplary Shiraz of intensity and persistence, its rolling tannins and mouthfilling fruit culminate in a finish of sweet spice with licorice, cardamon, pitch and plum.