Price per bottle: $80.00
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Varieties: Grenache Shiraz
Cellar: Drink now or cellar for a decade
Deep crimson red with vibrant purple hues. Rich blackberry aromas supported integrated spicy vanillin oak. Impressively rich and opulent the palate delivers what the nose promises. Spicy dark berry fruit with cassis and cherry being dominant. Blackberry and some freshly cut plum provide a round fruit driven mid palate whilst the skillful use of second and third use oak ensure this is a full-flavoured and complex wine with stylish oak tannins.
We hand picked a small section of Grenache from Block 4 rows 7-23, Shiraz from block 5 rows 1-12 and block 8 rows 3-9 to created a style of wine guided by the fruit initially. We wanted a wine driven by fruit yet surrounded in a bed of spicy flavours and tannin therefore selected these small sections as the fruit produced dark berry flavours with wonderful spice characters which would infiltrate not be overwhelmed by second and third use oak. The fruit was transferred to the winery and the fruit was combined together to ensure it worked harmoniously through the entire winemaking process; macerated for an extended period with seeds and stems to allow us to give a vision of the vineyard in the final wine. The wine was left in this state for 30 days and hand plunged which ensured we extracted all the colour, aromas and tannin we could. Basket pressed into barrel again allowed us to continue the hands off method and ensure fruit purity was key again this ensures longevity. The wine was not topped during its 256 days it spent in barrel then finally it received minimal filtration and fining. This wine illustrates just how beautiful a wine from the warm Wild West can be, in a word moreish.
A wine, which will appear beautifully, round and lavish if drunk upon release whilst the oak tannins provide a backbone, which will ensure drinking over the next decade will not be a problem.
"Bright savoury bouquet with a spicy lift. Rich complex palate with lots of chewy tannins."
Wine Showcase Magazine
China Wine & Spirit Awards Best Value 2018