The nose is lifted berry fruits, with hints of dark chocolate and spice. The palate is medium bodied with intense plummy fruit. This plummy fruit fills the whole palate and combined with the soft and approachable tannins creates a very mouth-filling wine. The length of flavor is long with plum and licorice fruit and spicy oak.
|Vintage:||2016||Grape Varietals:||100% Shiraz||ABV:||14.5%|
|Aging:||12 months in American Oak|
|Production:||20,000 9-liter cases|
A warm dry spring led to into similarly dry conditions in December and January. The warm weather brought harvest on in the first week of February. A couple of good rain events led to milder conditions and a long even ripening period and excellent flavor development. The wine from 2016 show typical Barossa warmth and generosity and should age well.
The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice daily to maximize color, tannin and flavor extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferment temperatures remain in the 22-25°Celsius range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression. Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is then put into predominately American oak to mature.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|A0EE294202SZL||750ml||12||Glass||8 53065 00068 9||1 08 53065 00068 6||$12.99|
"Bright violet. Dark berries, licorice, mocha and black pepper on the nose, backed by a musky herbal nuance. Sweet and open-knit, offering jammy cherry, blackberry and bitter chocolate flavors that show a hint of backend warmth. Finishes on a spicy cracked pepper note, displaying rounded tannins and good length. - Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (Australia Brings the Brawn and the Beauty, October 2017), 88 pts
"Saturated ruby. Lively black and blue fruits on the spicy nose, with subtle violet and olive notes coming up with air. Juicy and focused, offering tangy cherry skin and boysenberry flavors and a hint of black pepper. Shows a touch of jamminess on the smooth, tannin-free finish."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 88 pts
"Fresh, focused and taut, with firm tannins around a lively core of blueberry, currant and mocha flavors, persisting against the texture. Drink now through 2017. 25,000 cases made.?H.S."
Wine Spectator (August 31st 2013), 88 pts