2013 “Old Vine Series” Shiraz

Exceptional 96 Points

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History

The Barossa has been producing rich full- bodied Shiraz 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

Fermented in upright hogsheads with their heads removed for 10-14 days, hand plunging in the morning and again in the evening (pushing the skins down into the fermenting juice) further imparts 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

This wine should be declared a food on its own! Will compliment a great piece of fillet steak.

 

Fruit: 100% Eden Valley Shiraz

Colour: Deep purple

Nose: Belgium chocolate, plum, white pepper, mixed spice

Palate: A explosion of rich concentrated ripe fruits, complex fruit sweetness. Firm yet elegant tannin structure with great length.

Alcohol: 14.5 % Alc Vol

Cellaring: Consume now through to 2030

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

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