Fantastic wine 97 Points Huon Hooke
Shiraz Barossa Eden South Australia
A national flagship wine, articulating the concordance between the Barossa and Eden Valleys, derived from low yielding vines up to a hundred years of age. The meticulous nurture and respect for these Old Vines demands that parcels are culled throughout the winemaking, from pruning in the vineyard until the final stage of sampling the ageing stocks, to determine the best barrels. Old sites in the warm nether parts of the Barossa establish the rich foundation, whilst higher, cooler aspects of the Eden Valley contribute lifted aromatics and seamless tannins.
Each parcel is crushed into a fermenter and inoculated by select cultures. Each batch is vinified separately at controlled temperatures of 20°C to 24°C. Ferments are managed with pumpovers and drain returns to aerate as much as possible during the early stages, enhancing colour, flavour and tannin extraction. Parcels are pressed off skins into oak before beeing seeded with malolactic, a bacterial culture which converts natural malic acid to lactic acid, softening and stabilising the wine microbiologically. Each parcel is then assigned the most appropriate selection of seasoned and new, ancient French oak forest barrels. After twenty months maturation, the aged stocks are sampled to determine the final assemblage.
Deep crimson red. Powerful lifted aromas of mocha and dark chocolates, intertwined with soft, underlying dark berry fragrances. The palate oozes classic Old Block fruit, swirling the wine in the glass gives that sense of comfort as the enormous brooding complexity edifies. Rich dark fruits, blackcurrant and boysenberry with smooth chocolate textures, sensual tannins and a persistence of flavour. Decant for two to three hours before serving alongside venison or game.