100% Shiraz from an old vineyard in the Barossa with vines over a hundred years old, many on original rootstock.
Whole bunches were gently crushed and naturally fermented in open fermenters for 8 days, hand plunged twice a day before careful basket pressing into 25% new and older French oak barriques. After 18 months maturation and a racking in the same oak, it was bottled without filtration or fining, to capture the essence of the vines.
Lifted blue fruits, blood plum, ripe blackberries and Christmas pudding-like spice flow out of the glass with spicy pepper, and hints of bramble and dark chocolate. Generous mouth filling sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums cover the palate with lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins and dark chocolaty nuances continue throughout the lengthy palate with a youthful finish.
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