Medium red with a crimson hue. Lifted forest berry, black cherry and orange peel. Palate shows dense, lush blackberries & prune with hints of cigar box, violets and black pepper. Fine, seamlessly integrated tannins.
Appellation: Barossa Valley
Winemaker: Dean Hewitson
Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
Soil: Sand, Limestone
Avg Vine Age: Planted in 1853
Yield: 4.8 tons/ha
Ttl Acidity: 6 g/l
Residual Sugar: .6 g/l
Pack Size: 6/750ml
Varietals: 100% Mourvedre
Score: 97 Points
Wine PilotAuthor: Ray Jordan Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021
"These vines were planted in 1853 and may well be the oldest in the world. Tiny amount produced of this exceptional wine which had some whole bunch which gives it some structural integrity. Fermented in new French barriques then given another 20 months. The result is a wine of extraordinary depth and power delivered with finesse and smooth elegance that almost certainly stems from that old vine fruit source. Just stunning. Cellar: 20 years"
Score: 95 Points
The Real ReviewAuthor: Ralph Kyte-Powell Date: Friday, January 1, 2021
"These low-yielding ancient vines give great concentration, depth, flavour integration and tannin ripeness to the finished wine. In this example it’s expressed via a harmonious, super-complex personality, built on seamlessly combined ripe berry and plum fruit, floral scents, dark-chocolatey richness, varietal spice and ironstone earthiness, all robed in an appropriate measure of nutty, vanillin oak. In the mouth, it’s seamless, full-bodied, juicy and powerful, yet not aggressive. The tannins are in balance, tangy acidity gives real zest. Although a big wine, this has a lovely supple succulence that sets it apart from many of its Barossa old vine peers."
Score: 94 Points
The Wine FrontAuthor: Campbell Mattinson Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
"It’s fruitful for the most part but the finish is meaty. It’s a good way for a wine to be. There’s herb, cedarwood, red licorice and toast notes here too though that meaty/leathery aspect to the finish – in the context of freshness – is what ultimately defines it. Tannin is fine-grained and overall shape is excellent. Oak needs to settle a bit – it runs just ahead of the fruit – but quality here is up there."
Score: 96 Points
JamesSuckling.comAuthor: James Suckling Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
"This is sourced from a parcel of vines that were planted in 1853. The cooler and wetter 2017 vintage has swayed this into a distinctively fragrant zone with violet, blueberry and wild-herb accents, as well as some stony, gravely accents amid spicy oak. The palate has some real depth and plush blueberry and plum flavors. Such smooth-honed, seamless, almost pastry-like layering of tannin and blue-fruit flavors. Kicks fresh with sapid-fruit presence on the finish. A flurry of oak spice to close. Around 45% whole bunches. Superb. Drink over the next 20 years."