Deep garnet with violet hues. A striking bouquet of ripe plum, raspberry, blueberry and notes of blackberry intertwine with savoury notes of cracked black pepper, flowering herbs, fresh tarragon and bay leaf. Dark plum, berry compote, rhubarb and raspberry flavours lead to a peppery mid-palate of vibrant red berry acidity and fine-grained tannins, finishing with lingering flavours of mulberry and black pepper.
This has a very impressively fresh and vibrant nose with boysenberries and raspberries, as well as cherries on offer. There’s richness and ripeness to the palate here with a fresh, assertive yet very approachable palate. A blend of shiraz (co-fermented with viognier), grenache and mataro.
A later start to picking and a mild period of ripening finished with the last grapes being picked in mid-May. A wet 2016 winter gave us a good foundation for our predominantly dry-grown vines on their own roots, and a cool, wet and fiercely windy spring followed, with a slightly higher spring rainfall than the Barossa Valley, which delayed flowering, though conditions during set meant that yields were at average levels. A mild summer with regular rainfall events followed, which allowed the grapes to reach full physiological maturity. The significant rainfall events largely missed our area and therefore we harvested the majority of our grapes in healthy condition. As always, careful hand picking in the vineyard and sorting of grapes as they were processed made sure that quality was not compromised.
"This refined red offers up-front smoky, peppery aromas, with touches of smoked paprika and espresso mingling with the dense blueberry and blackberry flavors at the core. The tannins are firm but polished, revealing hints of dried floral and mocha on the finish."
"73% shiraz, 17% grenache and 5% each of mataro and viognier, the shiraz co-fermented with viognier, the grenache and mataro separately, matured in French hogsheads (10% new) for 10 months. The wine has a zesty freshness that is normally associated with white wines, but without any suggestion of green fruit, just the vintage. There's every reason to drink this now while its bigger brothers go through their limbering up exercises."
“…It is all about the fruit quality with just 10% new oak. The other varieties lift the shiraz and the blend offers juicy fruit flavours and some spicy characters. This is drinking well now but could easily be cellared for 20 years if you like your reds more savoury and less vigorous. Pair this with a hearty winter casserole like osso bucco.”
“This has a very impressively fresh and vibrant nose with boysenberries and raspberries, as well as cherries on offer. There’s richness and ripeness to the palate here with a fresh, assertive yet very approachable palate. A blend of shiraz (co-fermented with viognier), grenache and mataro.”
“Brimming with spicy berry compote, this is a beautifully friendly, flamboyant blend that bounces with impressive purity and depth of crunchy, tiny dark berries and lifted fragrance of violets and a hint of Viognier apricot. Firm, fine tannins draw out a long finish, eloquently supported by dark chocolate oak. A great expression of young vine Shiraz...tweaked with Grenache, Mataro and Viognier.”
"Deep red/purple colour, with a very intense pepper-spice bouquet. A very fragrant wine, with a fine, taut palate structure with light but tight tannins. It has great elegance, refined structure for a GSM style, a most delightful and distinctive wine. The viognier seems to help lift the bouquet without being too obvious. There's a lot of black pepper and ironstone in the palate. A fine riposte to Sarah Evans!"
"Such a polished release. So run with fruit flavour. So spice-drenched. It’s floral, it’s blueberried, it has the brightness of raspberry and the bass of anise. There’s warmth here but it’s well in check; there’s a whisper of meatiness but it leans clearly to the floral side. Joyous red. If I saw it, I’d buy it."