Barossa Valley had a great vintage in 2016 and this is Eden Hall is everything you could expect from a great vintage.
The 2016 Eden Hall Shiraz comes from selected rows in Block 4 and spent nearly two years in French oak followed by nearly a year in bottle prior to release. It is a deep crimson-purple colour presenting with a subtle nose of cloves and white pepper. On the palate there is chewy, savoury black fruit with a broad fruit sweetness that lingers beyond the velvety tannins. A beautifully balanced expression of Shiraz from a single block. Enjoy now and beyond the next 20 years.
"Selected rows from a single block, open-fermented, matured for 15 months in French barriques (40% new). Inky purple-black; super rich, voluptuous, arms open wide to welcome all who come here - for it's not over-extracted nor tannic. The balance is such that much will be consumed sooner rather than later, but that wouldn't be a crime." 95pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion
Where this wine comes from - Eden Valley
At an average altitude of 500 metres, think of Eden Valley as the high altitude cousin and neighbour of the Barossa Valley. The ‘high country’ drops the average temperature a couple of degrees, and with cool summer nights, the region is perfect for natural acid retention. No wonder Eden Valley Riesling performs so well and has built an international reputation for its vibrant citrus, mineral and floral aromatics in its youth, with the structure to cellar for years, particularly under screw cap. Eden Valley Shiraz performs well like Barossa Valley Shiraz, but there’s a touch more refinement here with violets, pepper and blueberry fruits. There’s elegance and finesse here, still with the fruit power and intensity you expect from the Barossa wine region.