2021 Tappa Pass

Barossa

Shiraz

 

Dark crimson with violet hues. Fragrant aromas of ripe plum, black cherry, blueberries, rose petal, anise, mace, with hints of black pepper, cedar, sage and charcuterie. The palate is rich, plush and complex with blue fruits, mulberry, violets and plum, balanced by layers of fine velvety tannins delivering great depth and length. 

Regular price
$125.00
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$125.00
  Dark crimson with violet hues. Fragrant aromas of ripe plum, black cherry, blueberries, rose petal, anise, mace, wi...
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BACKGROUND

The Barossa has a core of grape growers of German Silesian descent dating back six generations, staunchly continuing the traditions of their forebears. Up to 70-year-old, low-yielding shiraz is selected from historical grower vineyards at Tappa Pass and Light Pass, growing in low-fertility soils that range from terra rossa to red-brown earths, derived from Neoproterozoic bedrock more than 542 million years old. These vineyards provide exceptional quality shiraz fruit from both the Eden Valley and Barossa Valley regions of the Barossa, vinified in traditional open-top fermenters.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Varieties: 100% Shiraz
Harvest Date: 13 – 16 April
Alcohol: 14.5%
Vintage rating: Excellent vintage

Cellaring potential:
20+ years (from vintage)

VINTAGE

2021 was an excellent vintage. Average winter rainfall was followed by minor frost events in late September and spring rains in early October. Budburst was even with good fruitfulness, although heat bursts in late November affected fruit set. Strong winds in early December caused some damage to the canopies but the fruit remained disease free. January was mild and dry with a short heat wave late January at veraison, followed by rainfall in early February. The lead up to vintage and the conditions during ripening remained cool, cloudy and dry, with the fruit showing balanced acidity, excellent colour and flavour development.

The Barossa has a core of grape growers of German Silesian descent dating back six generations, staunchly continuing the traditions of their forebears. Up to 70-year-old, low-yielding shiraz is selected from historical grower vineyards at Tappa Pass and Light Pass, growing in low-fertility soils that range from terra rossa to red-brown earths, derived from Neoproterozoic bedrock more than 542 million years old. These vineyards provide exceptional quality shiraz fruit from both the Eden Valley and Barossa Valley regions of the Barossa, vinified in traditional open-top fermenters.

Varieties: 100% Shiraz
Harvest Date: 13 – 16 April
Alcohol: 14.5%
Vintage rating: Excellent vintage

Cellaring potential:
20+ years (from vintage)

2021 was an excellent vintage. Average winter rainfall was followed by minor frost events in late September and spring rains in early October. Budburst was even with good fruitfulness, although heat bursts in late November affected fruit set. Strong winds in early December caused some damage to the canopies but the fruit remained disease free. January was mild and dry with a short heat wave late January at veraison, followed by rainfall in early February. The lead up to vintage and the conditions during ripening remained cool, cloudy and dry, with the fruit showing balanced acidity, excellent colour and flavour development.

96 points
"Ink black core into a deep purple rim. Mulberry, violets and iodine aromatics. Palate is weighty with ripe purple fruits that glide with serious class and distinction. Some anise spice and nori notes sit underneath and while the glide is silky, the tannins are still powerful and persistent. A very finely wrought wine that carries prodigious length."

STUART KNOX, THE REAL REVIEW

96 points
"This was an excellent vintage in the Barossa and this exceptional wine from 70-year-old low yielding vines is a beautiful expression of the season. Dark plummy dark chocolate characters with a dry dusty complexity. The palate is sublimely integrated and balanced exhibiting poise and style. The sweet fruit on the missile palate is complemented by the minerally oyster shell edge. Terrific wine."

RAY JORDAN, WINEPILOT.COM

96 points
"Lifted black cherry, blackberry aromas with sesame, cedar, mocha, hint vanilla notes. Generous and well-rounded wine with plentiful pure black cherry, blackberry fruits, fine persistent chocolaty tannins and underlying mocha/ vanilla notes. Finishes bitter-sweet and minerally. Decant to blow off slight reduction and you will be rewarded, A very fine Barossa shiraz showing lovely aromatics, very good volume and fruit/ oak integration. "

ANDREW CAILLARD MW, THE VINTAGE JOURNAL

95 points
"Barossa Shiraz in its pomp. This is a shiraz with its eyes on magnificence. It bold, it’s structured, it’s generous and it’s seductive, but savouriness too has been accommodated. Sweet plums, clove notes, woodsmoke, fistfuls of roasted spice, oodles of fruit, whispers of mint, a freshness, a fullness, a persistence. The whole box and dice, served neat, served beautiful."

CAMPBELL MATTINSON, THE WINE FRONT

94 points
"Red berries and black fruits combine joined by floral intensity in lifted roses with chocolate aromas and dusty cocoa powder. The palate unfurls, rich, layered and complex. Spice steps up, fruit intensifies and 18 months maturation in new and seasoned French oak presents a well-integrated whole. Everything is bright and focused from go to whoa, finishing just a little warm. A wine that meets the need for immediate enjoyment but...

JENI PORT, WINEPILOT.COM