“A very good friend of mine challenged me to produce a traditional, full-bodied Barossa Valley wine with the only criteria that it could be drunk young at lunch or dinner and did not stray from my fundamental wine making philosophies. French oak, fine grained tannins, balance, clear fruit expression! Those who know me well know that I just love a good challenge!”
Vinification: Combination whole bunch and crushed/on skins minimum two weeks/remontage and punchdown
Aging: 16 months seasoned French oak barriques
Vineyard: Steingarten Road vineyard
Planting system: trellised, canopy wires, north-south rows, north-facing slopes ideal in the Southern
Vine density: 3,000 per Ha
Farming: minimum drip irrigation, rye grass between rows, hand pruned
Harvest: Bush vine by hand and trellised by machine; 6th March to 14th April
This is a red drinkers red at all levels, generous, full bodied, rich red and black fruits, fabulous tannins and will reward both immediate drinking and medium term cellaring.
Score: 94 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
Score: 94 PointsWine Orbit Author: Sam Kim
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Front Author: Gary Walsh
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