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This wine is made in the renowned Barossa style - rich and ripe with great depth of flavour. The nose is a complex medley of spicy dark fruits, prunes and fruit cake with cedary oak. The full-bodied palate is rich and spicy with powerful flavours of raisins and plums balanced by fresh acidity. The tannins are robust, ripe and beautifully integrated.
The fruit was picked at optimum ripeness in mid-March and fermented in small overhead fermenters. Our barrels were made by Barossa cooper AP John from predominantly American oak, with a small portion of French oak for the parcel from the cooler, more elevated vineyards. We chose American hogsheads for their sweet and luscious characters that complement the rich, bold Barossa Shiraz wine style. The French oak component adds aromatics and finesse to the blend. The wine was matured in these barrels for two years and aged in bottle a further four years to develop tannin structure before release.
2010 began with drought-breaking rains the previous winter and spring, setting up excellent soil moisture for the first time in at least five years. Mild spring weather resulted in early bud burst and good fruit set. Warm and mild weather for the rest of the season allowed healthy canopy development and cool nights in March topped off perfect conditions for ripening of Shiraz grapes.
This wine is primarily from vineyards on gently undulating slopes at the northern end of the Barossa Valley. The soil here is the classic Barossa red dirt, which is comprised of loam over clay. Wines from this area of the Barossa Valley are famous for rich and full-bodied wines with velvety texture and strong tannins.
Our wine is from vines aged between 50 and 80 years, which adds an extra dimension of concentration and complexity. A percentage of fruit is from vineyards on more elevated slopes and a slightly cooler climate provides balancing acid, aromatic lift and elegance to this wine.
Australia’s oldest and best known wine region, the Barossa Valley is a warm climate region famous for bold Shiraz wines.
It has some of the world’s oldest vines and a deep and enduring winemaking heritage. Summers are typically warm and dry and most rainfall occurs in winter and spring.
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