The fruit is sourced from an Old Vine Shiraz vineyard at 500m altitude on top of Mengler's Hill in the Barossa Ranges. This is Grand Cru Barossa Shiraz at its finest.
Very small parcels of fruit from vineyards up to 100 years old are hand-picked, fermented with some whole-bunches and blended to make this traditional Barossan wine. Racked once during maturation of 12 months in larger barrels (some new). Showing all the richness of fruit you would expect from Barossan Shiraz at its best. Fruit sources in 2019 are from the following: 70 y.o. Marananga Shiraz. 100 y.o. Flaxman Valley Shiraz.
"Very deep, bright, glowing purple/red colour, with a super-aromatic nose that suggests flowers, as though there's some white grapes in the mix. Violets, blueberries, and sundry other berry fruits, laced with spices including pepper. A brilliantly fruity wine, lavish and modern, pristinely clean and fresh and promising to age well, although it's remarkably accessible already. It's just a touch primal at the moment." 92pts - Huon Hooke - The Real Review
"Blackcurrant, sage and mint, full on Eden perfume, rich sweet dark fruit, supple tannin, long too. A whole lotta Eden here, and some dark chocolate flavour. Sweet and perfumed and brooding. Very good." 94pts - Gary Walsh - WineFront
Where this wine comes from - Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is Australia’s best-known wine region and there’s a good reason why. The wines certainly live up to their international reputation, particularly Barossa Shiraz. With long, warm summers, the region produces full-bodied styles with power and panache. The reds are rich and luscious in their youth with dark-berried flavours, fruit intensity and fine-grained tannins, which mature gracefully with time in the cellar. But there’s more to the region than Shiraz. Grenache and Mourvèdre do more than play a supporting role in GSM blends, they’re standing on their own two feet as single varietal wines. And with a new school of winemakers at the helm, the region is in good hands for a long and healthy future.