2013 “Old Vine Series” Shiraz Grenache

Exceptional 96 Points

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Description

History
The Barossa has been producing rich full- bodied Shiraz based wines for over a century. Our “Old Vine Series” release continues this tradition.  Located in the South Eastern corner of the Eden Valley, the vineyards were planted in 1858 and continue to impress us by producing small yet concentrated bunches of premium fruit.
Viticulture
Sandy loam and schist ground provide challenging conditions – low nutrients and water holding capacity for the vines to survive – rather than thrive! However over the last three centuries these vines have continued to produce small concentrated bunches of premium fruit.

 

Baumé reached 14.5 before the fruit was hand picked and delivered to the winery ready for crushing and fermenting.
Winemaking
The fruit was crushed into small 500 kilogram fermenters and fermented for 10-12 days with hand plunging in the morning and again in the evening, pushing the skins down into the fermenting juice, further imparting the precious colour and flavours in to the developing wine.  After fermentation the skins were gently basket pressed for further flavour and colour extraction.  The wine was then racked to a mixture of new and three year old French and American oak hogsheads.  Every six months the wines were racked to tank and returned to oak, slowly removing deposits and assisting with clarity.
Food Ideas
Slow cooked roast beef or soft cheeses.

 

Technical 

Fruit: 80% Eden Valley Shiraz & 20% Grenache

Colour: Deep red brick

Nose: Spice, chocolate and raspberry overtones

Palate: Intense mixed berries, fine spice, Silky firm tannins provide exceptional structure, balance and length.

Alcohol: 14.5 % Alc Vol

Cellaring: Consume now through to 2028

Notes: This exceptional wine has not been filtered and will develop a crust over time – hence decanting is highly recommended.

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