2018 Barossa Valley
Shiraz

$30.00

Purple/Red colour leads to an enticing nose of cherry, plum, dried herbs with French oak adding a vanilla caramel note. 2018 is regarded as one of the great Barossa vintages and the wine shows the hallmarks of this vintage, long fine tannin with excellent fruit concentration delivering Barossa Shiraz fruit sweetness, lovely persistence makes this wine very drinkable now but has the ability to age well over the next 10-15 years.

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Description

Vineyard:
Stansborough Vineyard, Williamstown

Viticulture:
The site is around 260-280m above sea level with an east west aspect. Soil consists of a shallow red clay topsoil over friable red clay with bands of quartz, ironstone and shale. The vineyard was planted in 2000 and is own rooted, clones are heritage and 1654. The vines are spur pruned to 32-36 buds per vine. The mid rows are cultivated to winter active fescue.

Winemaking:
The Shiraz was -picked on the 16th February 2018.
5% whole clusters were tipped into open fermenters with the balance crushed on top, one open fermenter was seeded with Melody yeast with the other left until natural yeast fermentation commenced. Temperatures were allowed to reach 28C with header boards allowing gentle extraction. After 9 days on skins, the fruit was basket pressed and transferred into 18% new French oak with balance into 1-6 year old French oak hogsheads to undergo malo-lactic fermentation. After malo-lactic fermentation SO2 was added to the barrels, the wine was then left on lees to mature for 6 months before racking, the wine was then transferred back to the same oak and matured for another 13 months. The wine was pumped from oak in October 2019 and left in tank until bottling.

Tasting Notes:
Purple/Red colour leads to an enticing nose of cherry, plum, dried herbs with French oak adding a vanilla caramel note. 2018 is regarded as one of the great Barossa vintages and the wine shows the hallmarks of this vintage, long fine tannin with excellent fruit concentration delivering Barossa Shiraz fruit sweetness, lovely persistence makes this wine very drinkable now but has the ability to age well over the next 10-15 years.

Cellaring:
Drink now or cellar carefully and enjoy over the next 15 years.

Analysis:
Alc/vol 14.3 % TA 5.83 g/l pH 3.58 RS 2.0 g/l VA 0.52 g/l

Current Vintage Accolades

Gold Medal 2020 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards
Wine Showcase Magazine – 95 Points
Patrick Eckel – 93 Points

Previous Vintage Accolades

2017 Vintage
Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 Points
Patrick Eckel – 94 Points
Winestate Magazine – 4 stars

2016 Vintage
James Halliday – 93 Points
Patrick Eckel – 93 Points
2018 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal
2018 Adelaide Wine Show – Bronze Medal
Winestate Magazine – 4 Stars included in Winestate 2018 Annual Wines of the year issue
Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 Points

2015 Vintage
Campbell Mattinson – 92 Points
Patrick Eckel – 96 Points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 95
Points James Halliday – 93 Points
Adelaide Wine Show – Bronze Medal
2014 Vintage James Halliday – 95 Points

2013 Vintage
Wine Showcase Magazine – 96 Points
James Halliday – 96 Points

2012 Vintage
James Halliday – 96 Points

2011 Vintage
James Halliday – 90 Points

2010 Vintage
James Halliday – 88 Points

2009 Vintage
James Halliday – 95 Points

2008 Vintage
James Halliday – 94 Points
2010 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal

Reviews

A glossy dark red and a classic fruit driven Barossa nose of plum fruit that is laced with milk chocolate and violets, the wine is medium bodied with tannins fine and drying with unsweetened liquorice to dark plum on the mid-palate. The finish has cocoa and cedar influences to blackberry and plum fruit with good length and a long cellaring future ahead of the wine. – Patrick Eckel 93 Points

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