Barossa Shiraz 2017

This Heirloom Vineyards Shiraz was produced from our best Barossa Shiraz Vineyard whose clones and viticulture embody the very best in cutting edge but old school viticulture and winemaking. Hand tended vines, sorted bunch-by-bunch, naturally open fermented, basket pressed and stored in French oak barriques from bespoke coopers.

The colour is dark, dense and black-blood red with great intensity and purity of colour. At this stage in its life all youthful and bright.

The aroma is black pepper and blackberries reduced, with a subtle background of molasses; black bean sauce, light soy, allspice and balsamic high notes - both from deft oak barrel use and from the fruit’s natural power. Make no mistake, this is a dominantly aromatic wine, speaking of the grapes and the earth and the vintage.

The palate is soft, plush and luxuriant in texture, the wine’s fruit flavours are blackberries and dark chocolates, with the odd liqueured chocolate thrown in.  These textural elements are a bit like driving a Rolls Royce whilst sitting in a velvet beanbag. French oak provides structural support, buttressing the mineral and chalk tannins innate in the best Barossa Shiraz. 

This wine’s neat and orderly balance qualifies it for a long cellar life; but the easy plushness and generosity of the wine - supported by clean acid and tannins - make it too tempting now. With the well-ordered power of the fruit be bold and serve some slow-cooked Chinese pork spareribs or knuckles. A little bit of spice or chilli would not be out of place… Sticky rice, of course.

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Awards

  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Challenge (USA) 2019 – Gold Medal, 93 Points
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2019 – Gold Medal, 93 Points
  • Sommelier International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017 – Gold Medal 91 Points
  • San Francisco International Wine Competition 2018 – Silver Medal
  • Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition 2018 – Silver Medal
  • The Seguin Moreau Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2018 – Silver Medal
  • International Wine & Spirit Challenge 2019 Tranche 1 – Silver Medal, 92 Points
  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2019 - 95 Points

"The dense crimson hue tells you a rich and complex bouquet and palate will follow, and so it does. It unfolds a velvet-trimmed palate redolent of black fruits, plum and a savoury finish to provide length and balance. The tannins are unexpectedly fine." James Halliday 

 

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