From day one, this wine has been one of my Aussie favorites due to its combination of incredible mouthfeel, intricacy and complexity. It's also slurpy as hell...even if you have found Barossa Shiraz to be a bit overwrought in the past, I am confident you will find this wine quite compelling.
Sourced from a vineyard planted in the 1970's, this 40-50-year-old-vine Shiraz is basket-pressed into open-top fermenters, fermented with natural yeasts only, and aged in completely neutral french oak barrels to preserve the old vine character. Trust me, with all this gorgeous extract and silky finesse, you won't miss the oak here.
The vineyard is legendary and a source for Rockford, Torbreck, St. Hallett and Peter Lehman.
This wine is not imported into the US but, if it were, it would priced alongside the aforementioned wines not to mention Two Hands, Mollydooker and D'Arenberg. It is every bit as good and, to my palate, better. The purity here is super-compelling, I promise.
$40, $50, $60?
Nope, just $19/bottle.
Is it Back Up The Truck good?
Dark and meaty out of the bottle with aromas of crushed flowers, mint, stewed mulberry, ripe morello cherry and graham cracker. The bouquet quickly opens up, exuding lavender, blackberry syrup, wild boysenberry bramble, cocoa, leather, and pungent herbs. Pure umami and multi-layered, so good you can hardly pull your nose out. Silky, seamless and glycerine-like on entry, the rich mid-palate studded with chewy, chocolately tannins and mouthwatering acidity that focuses the wine through the finish. Incredibly well-balanced, this wine is at once dense, hedonistic and sensuous while also being soft, delicate and ethereal. My original notes say "this is a wine that wants to be drunk" and "incredible pleasure derived".
Drink now and over the next decade or two. 100% Old Vine, Single Vineyard, Estate Shiraz 100% neutral French oak for 12-months 15% alc. 400 cases available Bottling Late November, 2022 to arrive USA Spring 2023