Château Tanunda has sat on its proud mantle in the Barossa Valley since 1890. It is notable for its extraordinary place in the rich history of the Barossa and, in turn, its impressive breadth of old vines. With incredible fruit, a glass of Château Tanunda 50 Year Old Vines Shiraz, is an expression of true Barossa heritage.
Like all Tanunda wines, the 50 Year Old Vines Shiraz is made in a minimal intervention style that does not employ fining or filtration. The result is a pure and unadulterated expression of terroir. Fruit comes from three vineyard parcels in Bethany, Marananga and Light Pass.
Destemmed fruit is left uncrushed, for gentle hand-plunging twice a day, making for careful extraction of flavour, tannin and colour. The grapes are then basket pressed, and matured in new and old French and American oak for 24 months. Lighter in body than other Tanunda expressions (although still on the medium-to-full spectrum), it is a joyous purple-red in the glass, with flavours of plum, milk chocolate, light spice, and toasty oak.
Langton’s Senior Wine Broker Jacob Parker takes a look at new releases from Château Tanunda.
"This is thick with flavour. Port, blackberry, iodine, stressed herb, licorice and rich, sweet plum. Creamy/chocolatey oak but it’s integrated with the fruit. Tannin, slightly grainy, but likewise. Hefty from all angles. Carries its alcohol more or less well but a good deal of the life has been cooked out of it. Big wine though."
91 points, The Wine Front (April 2020)
"Good depth of bright red/purple colour. Rich, spicy black plum bouquet, the palate lavish, full-bodied and spicy with a light sprinkling of oak. It's very full-bodied, rich, deep and concentrated, with lovely flavour and balance. Tannins are ample and supple. Sweetly ripe, almost decadent, flavour."
95 points, The Real Review (October 2019)
"This is stunning; the richly expressed bouquet shows blackberry, dark plum, vanillin oak, cocoa and toasted spice characters, followed by a sumptuous palate that is superbly weighted and expansive. It is powerfully graceful, loaded with delicious flavours."
96 points, Wine Orbit (May 2019)
Colonel 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.