First released in 2013, Balhannah Vineyard Adelaide Hills Shiraz is a complex wine with a floral nose and a wonderfully textured palate.
Handpicked, sorted and fermented as whole berries and whole bunches in open fermenters, with gentle plunging and minimal working. Aged in 500-litre French oak puncheons for 14 months, followed by a further 14 months in bottle.
ADELAIDE HILLSLocated to the east of Adelaide,the Adelaide Hills is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Considered a cool-climate region, most vineyards are situated at elevations between 450 to 550 metres. Rainfall is relatively high and spring frosts often pose problems. Hot northerly winds also make bush fires a real threat in the region. Adelaide Hills is a jigsaw of meso-climates, with the best vineyards centred around Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood in protected sites facing north or north-east. Soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock; typically well-drained sandy loams over red clay interspersed with schistic gravels. A premium wine-growing region, Adelaide Hills is best known for crisp, lively Sauvignon Blanc and elegant cool climates styles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.