Shiraz Eden Valley South Australia
A pure, single vineyard wine, from fruit picked off a single plot of Shiraz, planted 1960 and still managed by the same family. The rocky surrounds of Greg and Cynthia Knight’s highly elevated block of vine were so very reminiscent to winemaker David Powell of stone burial grounds on the hills above Torbreck forest. Nestled into the eastern slope of Mt. McKenzie, this cherished site yields a harvest of parched, intensely flavoured berries, brimming with extraordinary character, lined with the most graceful tannins, endowed with remarkable balance, elegance and poise.
Grapes are all carefully hand picked and passed over the sorting table, bunches are destemmed into two, traditional open cement vats for an extended cold soak maceration and inoculation to wild indigenous or ambient yeasts. Upon completion of ferments, vats are drained and components are treated to a basket press, racked into a selection of seasoned French oak barriques for a course of malolactic and eighteen months maturation, to be bottled unfiltered and unfined.
Dark black red, inky hues. A stirring nose of graphite smoke, crushed rocks and blackberry liqueur. Velvet palate of perfumed cherry, plum and dark currant flavours, persistent and refined. Heroic in style, while retaining the cooler edge and tighter structure for which the greatest growths and finest wines of Eden Valley are famed.