This full bodied wine displays aromas of blackberry and black pepper supported by spicy, dark fruits on the palate with subtle integrated oak. The extensive finish is framed by elegant, fine grained tannins.
The hand-picked grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and spent seven days on skins in an open fermenter with twice daily hand-plunging and gentle pump-overs of the cap to extract colour, flavours and tannins. This was followed by careful basket pressing and maturation in a combination of American and French oak barrels for twenty two months prior to bottling.
In keeping with our non-interventionist winemaking style we have neither fined nor filtered this wine and as a result decanting is recommended.
The Barossa Old Vine Charter was instituted to register vineyards by age, so that older vines could be preserved, retained and promoted. The grapes for this wine come from just two small vineyards, one in the sub-region of Nuriootpa that lies on sandy loams and alluvial clays and the other in Vine Vale, a sub-region of the Barossa that lies on very deep sandy soils over clay. These low yielding “Old Vines” were planted between 1960 and 1961 and are now fully matured with root structure and trunk thickness that encourages diversity of flavour and character.
Review by: China Wine & Spirits Award 2014
Review by: Mundus VINI 2014
Review by: International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014
Review by: Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com
Review by: James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2017 Edition
Review by: Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate
Review by: Berlin Wine Trophy 2012