100 Year Old Vines Shiraz 2019

$180.00 / bottle

The Barossa is home to some of the world’s oldest ungrafted Shiraz vines. The vines were planted in a pre-mechanized and pre-irrigation era where site selection was everything. Dry grown as bush vines with only the best soils, vine material and sites surviving the first years, and only the absolute pinnacle surviving the 100 years thereafter.
The low-yielding ‘Centenarian’ vines, noted for their intensity of flavour, were planted more than a century ago around the time construction of the Château itself began. The select parcels are hand-picked and fermented in small open fermenters with hand plunging four times daily before careful basket pressing to more gently extract tannin and colour.

97 Points – Andrew Caillard MW

97 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Master Trophy and Best Shiraz of Show 2022 – Global Syrah Masters 2022



Master Trophy and Best Shiraz of Show 2022

Global Syrah Masters 2022

97 Points

Andrew Caillard MW

Deep crimson. Classic dark chocolate, blackberry dark plum aromas with marzipan, roasted hazelnut, wax polish notes. Dense and voluminous with ample blackberry dark cherry, dark plum fruits, fine velvety/ al dente tannins and attractive vanilla, marzipan, wax polish nuances. Finishes chocolaty with inky, chinotto, paneforte notes. A wonderful Barossa Shiraz with lovely density, richness and fruit/oak integration. Cork seal. Drink 2025 – 2040

97 Points

Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)

This spectacular shiraz is packed with dark fruit richness, spicy oak, tapenade, cocoa and potpourri aromas, followed by an opulent palate displaying exceptional concentration and depth. Multi-layered and expansive with dazzling richness as well as refined elegance, making it flatteringly classy. At its best: 2025 to 2045

96 Points

Ken Gargett (Wine Pilot)

What a privilege, to sample a wine from vines more than a century in age. And what a cracking wine! The grapes hail from a single vineyard in Nuriootpa, the north of the Barossa, with ungrafted vines. These ancient vines grow in alluvial sandy soils. Maturation was in French oak for two years, although the oak is never intrusive. Near opaque magenta, the nose is concentrated and powerful. It is immediately obvious that this is no shrinking violet. A wine for carnivores. The aromas weave through black fruits, bay leaves, coffee beans, chocolate, animal hides, aniseed, mulberries and cassis. It is the cassis notes which stand up on the palate. Exhibiting impressive structure, approachable and generous, this is very long – persistent with intensity. Nicely balanced, there is bright acidity. There is a touch of vanillin oak notes evident but, as mentioned, these are not intrusive in any way. A really attractive Barossa Shiraz. Drink for ten to twenty years.

95 Points

Dave Brookes (Halliday Wine Companion)

Shiraz from the gnarled 100-plus-year-old vines that the Barossa is world famous for. Deep crimson. Rich blackberry and chocolate-dipped cherry notes with underlying hints of baking spices, cedar, mulberry, clove, pastis, dark chocolate and warm earth. Full bodied with a velvety flow of black and dark berry fruits, abundant spice, dried herbs, vanillin oak, cedar and licorice. Plenty of texture, extract and chalky tannin support, finishing long with a rolling swell of unctuous spiced cassis-like fruit.

95 Points

Erin Larkin (Wine Advocate)

The 2019 vintage was a warm and low-yielding one in the Barossa, and this 2019 100 Year Old Vines Shiraz shows in the intensity, density and darkness of fruit and tannin in the mouth. Where the 2018 100 Year Old Vines Shiraz is plush, soft and spicy, this 2019 is moody, stormy and dark, with layers of star anise, licorice, charred lamb fat and a mélange of redcurrants, raspberry, beetroot and sumac. This is very good. It's almost energetic in its depth.

95 Points

Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

Milk chocolate, spiced black plums and ferrous aromas on the nose make way for an incredibly intense core of sweet spices, blackberries and licorice. It's beautifully ripe: the grapes have been picked pitch perfect. There's good support from sweet spicy oak but it's been judiciously handled. It doesn't overwhelm the cushioned core of fruit. It's a bolder style with lovely freshness and style. Gabrielle Poy

93 Points

James Suckling

This is a deep and concentrated shiraz that pulls you in with aromas of dark chocolate, baked blueberries, grilled plums and charcoal. Touch of vanilla and walnut, too. Full-bodied, caressing and balanced, with smooth tannins and excellent focus. Drink or hold.