Very deep garnet-black in color, the 2006 Shiraz presents gorgeous aromas of cassis, florals, some red fruits, damp earth, sage, charcoal, licorice and a hint of pepper. This 14.6% wine spends 42 months in oak and is a stark contrast to the previous vintage, as it is tight and crisp with medium levels of rounded tannins and shows a little evolution. It finishes long and elegant, with some oolong tea notes coming through. Only 1,300 bottles and 50 magnums were produced.
96 Points - Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
Barossa ValleyColonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.