Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia
The ancient Quelltaler property has endured a multitude of trials and tribulations throughout a century and a half of viticulture. Since the relaunch of Quelltaler as Annie's Lane, there has been nothing but universal praise for what is now considered to be one of Australia's finest and consistently satisfying range of table wines. A little over half of the grapes are sourced from the historic Quelltaler vineyards at Watervale, the balance being from a fraternity of Clare Valleys growers who have been supplying the historic wineworks for generations.
Annie's Lane Shiraz is a quietly spoken triumph of viticulture. The fortuitous mesoclimes produce solidly structured yet elegant red wines of great character and charm. Following crushing and de stemming, harvests of Shiraz are treated to a combination of open, static and rotary fermenters, some parcels complete their ferments in oak, the balance are treated to an extended maceration on skins for up to twenty days. The use of different styles of fermentation contribute to the overall complexity, further enhanced by a year's maturation in a combination of French and American oak barrels, some parcels remain unwooded to preserve a measure of fresh varietal fruit.
Vibrant red with purple hues. A gently balanced bouquet displaying intense aromas of lifted blackberry and spice, integrated with subtle smokey oak. Scents of plum inspired fruit, violets, mint and a hint of chocolate. Medium bodied palate, rich and softly textured with sweet black cherry flavours, fine supple tannins, good mouthfeel and excellent length, a soft yet opulent Clare Valley style brimming with elegance and finesse.