2020 Barossa Valley
Shiraz

$30.00

Purple/Red colour leads to an enticing nose of raspberry, licorice, cracked pepper with some dried herb showing. The French oak adding a vanilla and mocha note. Quite a dense palate with good concentration, licorice and bitter dark chocolate flavours tend to dominate the palate. Firm tannins (a hallmark of the 2020 vintage due to the dry conditions and small berries) do give texture and balance to the wine. This wine comes alive when enjoyed with food. This wine can be enjoyed now but will reward cellaring over the next 10 – 15 years.

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Description

Vineyard:
Stansborough Vineyard, Williamstown

Viticulture:
Stansborough site: 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.

Zerk Site : Planted between 1880-1890, on own roots. This 1Ha vineyard is cane pruned with clone unknown. This vineyard normally is bottled under our Planta Circa label however in 2020 we declassified this vineyard to our Purple Hands Barossa Shiraz.

Winemaking:
The Shiraz was picked on the 26 and 27th February 2020.
The fruit was crushed into open fermenters, one open fermenter was seeded with Melody yeast with the Zerk Shiraz left until natural yeast fermentation commenced. Temperatures were allowed to reach 28C with header boards on the Stansborough allowing gentle extraction. The Zerk Shiraz was hand plunged 3 times daily. After 8 and 9 days on skins respectively the fruit was basket pressed and transferred into 44% new French oak with balance into 1-6 year old French oak hogsheads to undergo malo-lactic fermentation. After malo-lactic fermentation the wine was racked, blended then transferred back to the same oak and matured for another 16 months. The wine was pumped from oak in November.

Tasting Notes:
Purple/Red colour leads to an enticing nose of raspberry, licorice, cracked pepper with some dried herb showing. The French oak adding a vanilla and mocha note. Quite a dense palate with good concentration, licorice and bitter dark chocolate flavours tend to dominate the palate. Firm tannins (a hallmark of the 2020 vintage due to the dry conditions and small berries) do give texture and balance to the wine. This wine comes alive when enjoyed with food. This wine can be enjoyed now but will reward cellaring over the next 10 – 15 years.

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

Current Vintage Accolades

Wine Showcase Magazine – 96 points
Regan Drew – 93 points
Angus Hughson – 92 Points

Previous Vintage Accolades

2019 Vintage
Wine Showcase Magazine – 95 points
Patrick Eckel – 94 points
Angus Hughson – 93 Points
Ken Gargett – 92 Points
2021 Adelaide Wine Show – Silver Medal
2021 Barossa Wine Show – Bronze Medal

2018 Vintage
Gold Medal 2020 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards
Wine Showcase Magazine – 95 Points
Angus Hughson (Wine Pilot) – 94 points
Patrick Eckel – 93 Points

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

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