Château Tanunda The Château 100 Year Old Vines Shiraz is drinkable history. The fruit comes from vines planted before 1917, pre-dating the widespread introduction of mechanisation and irrigation. These ancient, dry-grown, low-yielding bush vines are hard-working, producing fruit that manifests as deep, concentrated and complex.
Grapes are handpicked and destemmed, then left, uncrushed, on skins, and gently plunged four times daily to carefully extract flavour and tannin. The fruit is then basket pressed, before 24 month maturation in French and American oak, 20% new.
Notably deep and rich, 100 Year Old Vines Shiraz is at once weighty and balanced. Christmas spice mingles with black fruit and jammy plum notes, with amazing power and intensity. Like velvet in the mouth, it is a profound expression of old vine splendour.
Langton’s Senior Wine Broker Jacob Parker takes a look at new releases from Château Tanunda.
"From Nuriootpa and the Eden Valley, basket-pressed and matured in French oak for 24 months. The two regions generate complexity, savoury cadences from Nuri (in the Barossa Valley), richer, darker flavours from the Eden Valley. The net result is positive for a medium to full-bodied wine, the future of which will depend on the lottery of the cork, not the inherent (longer) life of the contents."
95 points, Wine Companion (January 2019)
"A striking wine for its depth and richness, a riot of plum, blueberry and clove-cedar character, thickset in the palate but with that moreish, pillowy, lightly creamy texture that Barossa does so well. Weight is full, but the balance is all in tow. It's a wine that mobs the senses in the best possible sense."
95 points, Wine Business Magazine
"A bigger, more plush wine than the 50-year-old, showing amazing density and concentration, flesh and fruit sweetness, and smoky oak char. A thoroughly decadent wine, very powerful. Great concentration, with big, robust tannins. A whopper of a wine, amazingly powerful anmd profound, with almost endless persistence. Most impressive. Fruitcake and graphite. Extraordinary wine. (Mostly Nuriootpa, with some from Vine Vale and Moculta)"
97 points, The Real Review (October 2019)
"A spectacular shiraz combining power and refinement; the splendidly expressed bouquet shows dark fruit intensity with chocolate tart, cedar, toasted spice and tapenade characters. It is impressively concentrated on the palate offering exceptional depth and breath, wonderfully enhanced by velvety mouthfeel and seamlessly woven tannins. Symphonic and breathtaking."
98 points, Wine Orbit (May 2019)
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.