How's this for a James Halliday scoreboard for the past 10 vintages? 96-96-96-97-96-99-98-97-97-97
How's this for a James Halliday scoreboard for the past 10 vintages?
It is almost certain there is no other single vineyard block in the world of shiraz with each and every vine planted 155 (or more) years ago remaining in continuous production by the same owner.
....As vines grow old, they become increasingly fragile. Their gnarled and twisted trunks look thick, but this is an illusion. The interior of the trunk slowly decomposes, leaving the bark and a thin support of wood to supply the vine with the nutrients to survive. Thus “plough disease” can kill a vine in 30 fateful seconds if a piece of agricultural machinery makes contact with the trunk. Soil degradation and insect attack are other challenges. The most deadly threat is phylloxera, and here is the greatest miracle of the 1860 Vines block: it is on a slight sandy rise, surrounded on all sides by phylloxera, which is intolerant of sand.
...The outlook is for a maximum of 250 dozen when the weather gods smile. There is no present intention to join the dizzy price heights of Grange or Hill of Grace, however justified it may seem.... "Lighter colour than usual, but has an excellent clear crimson hue; the winemaking team has resisted the temptation to extract more fruit and tannins, letting the purity of the fruit light up the room, red cherry to the fore. The silky tannins and overall weight are akin to a high quality pinot noir, so it's no surprise I should love it even if others may not." 97pts - James Halliday - Wine Companion