2021 After Five Wine Co.
Single Vineyard Shiraz

$45.00

Vibrant colour, aromas of plums, cherry, blueberry and dark chocolate coated licorice. The palate delivers with its fine fruit and oak tannin allowing for a very morish textured palate. Dutch cocoa flavours combined with Barossa Shiraz fruit sweetness gives a wonderful example of the region and variety.

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Vineyard:
Single Vineyard : Stansborough vineyard. The site is around 260-280m above sea level with an east west aspect. Soil consists of a shallow red clay top soil 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 fruit was destemmed and lightly crushed (rollers open) to an open concrete fermenter and was seeded via a method known as Pied de Cuve (a small percentage of the fruit was picked 5 days before main harvest and left amongst the vines allowing the natural yeast of the vineyard to commence fermentation, this was added back to the main fermentation as a starter culture). Temperatures were allowed to reach 28C with header boards allowing gentle extraction. After 11 days on skins the fruit was basket pressed and transferred into 33% new French oak (500lt) with the balance into 1-4 year old French hogsheads to undergo malo-lactic fermentation. After malo-lactic fermentation the wine was racked from oak, SO2 was added, the wine was then transferred back to the same oak and matured for a further 17 months. No fining used.

Tasting Notes:
Vibrant colour, aromas of plums, cherry, blueberry and dark chocolate coated licorice. The palate delivers with its fine fruit and oak tannin allowing for a very morish textured palate. Dutch cocoa flavours combined with Barossa Shiraz fruit sweetness gives a wonderful example of the region and variety.

Cellaring:
Drink now or cellar carefully and enjoy over the next 10+ years.

Current Vintage Accolades

2021 Vintage
Wine Showcase Magazine – 96 points
QWine Reviews – 93 points
Andrew Caillard MW – 92 points
Dave Brookes (Halliday Wine Companion) – 91 points
2022 Barossa Wine Show – Bronze Medal
2022 Australian Small Winemakers Wine Show – Bronze Medal

Previous Vintage Accolades

2020 Vintage
Did not make – yields too low

2019 Vintage
James Halliday Top 100 Wines over $40
Wine Showcase Magazine – 96 points
Tyson Stelzer (Halliday Wine Companion) – 95 points
Andrew Caillard – 93 points
2021 Barossa Wine Show – Bronze Medal
2021 Adelaide Wine Show – Bronze Medal

2018 Vintage
2019 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal
2019 Saint Martin Oak Great Australian Shiraz Challenge – Gold Medal
Wine Showcase Magazine – 95 Points
Winestate Magazine – 4.5 Stars
James Halliday – 93 Points
Nick Stock – 93 Points

2017 Vintage
James Halliday – 96 Points
Campbell Mattinson – 95 Points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 Points

2016 Vintage
James Halliday – 96 Points
Patrick Eckel – 94 Points
Ray Jordan – 94 Points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 95 Points
Australian and NZ Boutique Wine Show – Bronze Medal

Reviews

Medium-deep crimson. Dark cherry, liquorice, roasted walnut aromas and flavours, fine silky / chalky tannins, attractive mid-palate richness and underlying savoury notes. Crispy / juicy finish. Drink now – 2028. 92 pts Andrew Caillard MW

After Five Wine Co. If there was ever a label wine drinkers would know back to front, it would be this one – coz we all want is something delish after five, right? Clever, smart booze. Polish, sheen, length and delish factor describe it best. From the southern end of the Barossa comes this ripper. It sees seventeen months in large format French oak (33% new).

Softly spiced, it’s persistent and moreish. Blueberries and red fruit glisten. Some raspberry rope and dark chocolate add delight and interest. Silky smooth, it’s rich yet doesn’t come across with clout. The integration of fruit and oak delivers a moreishness that is hard to ignore. Satisfaction in a glass, this exemplifies that you don’t need a chart-topper to find happiness. That sustained finish wraps its arms around you and I’m very much in my happy place sipping away. A most impressive expression of Barossa Valley Shiraz. QWine Reviews