Vineyard: The Shiraz grapes were sourced from the Fechner vineyard, outside Angaston in the northern end of the Eden Valley Barossa. Heavy clay soils with low annual rainfall assist with rich colour development and intense dark fruit flavours.
Season: Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease, resulting in fruit with higher natural acidity, and incredible flavour and colour concentration. January started with dry, hot and windy weather however by the end of the first week, relief came with 60-75mm of rain and a record-breaking coolest January in 11 years. The rain was perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards, and the mild weather that followed from February through to April provided for a fairytale vintage.
Winemaking: Picked early to capture those lovely vibrant red-fruited characters of cooler climate Shiraz. It spent 24 months in 83% new French oak hogshead barrels for a brooding and intense palate.
Appearance: Rich and deep purple hues.
Aroma/Bouquet: Aromas of dark cherry, licorice and Chinese five spice lift from the glass with intensity.
Palate: Balanced structure and poise with striking blue fruits layered over a supple and silky foundation of tannins. Dark chocolate notes with a lushness that will be hard to forget.
Food Pairing: Juicy steak or just savour the flavour on its own.
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 388 dozen (750ml)
Vegan Friendly: Yes
Cellar potential: drink now to 10+ years
Winemakers: Daniel Hartwig & Theo Engela
Vineyard: 100% Estate grown Shiraz handpicked from Eden Springs/Gatt Vineyard. Beautiful cool climate country at High Eden, the pinnacle of Barossa. Altitude 460-515m
Season: The Barossa experienced a mild and dry season with frost reducing fruit quantities across the South Australian wine regions. Early ripening assisted with intense colour development and rich deep berry flavours.
Winemaking: Base wine fermented on skins and matured in oak before blending. Secondary fermentation via classic Charmat method. Liquored with vintage port bottles under pressure. Handcrafted to exacting quality standards. Matured 37 months in 100% seasoned American & French oak 300L barrels.
Appearance: Deep dark purple with fine and persistent beads.
Aroma/Bouquet: Beautifully fragrant chocolate notes, cherry blossom and liquorice drops.
Palate: Uniquely Australian Sparkling Shiraz with lively bubbles and a pleasant sweetness. Bursting with confected cherry, plum and black forest berries. Rich and creamy with spicy liquorice, cinnamon and vanilla bean notes.
Food Pairing: Richly flavoured dishes, red meats, turkey and game. Chocolate raspberry tart, Christmas pudding, Cheese plates and dried fruit.
Serve: Chilled from 4+ degrees
Residual Sugar: 25g/L
Production: 870 dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: up to 2030
Winemaker: David Norman
Single Vineyard - Estate Grown - James Halliday’s Five Star Wineries
A superb collection of six premium red wines, assured to please all wine enthusiasts.
Award winning and highly prized, Eden Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon’s are renowned for long term cellaring. With the selection on offer, these six wines can be decanted and enjoyed within hours, if desired.
1) Dandelion Vineyards 2013 Red Queen of Eden Valley Shiraz
Dry grown and established on own roots, these Shiraz bush vines are hero’s in the Barossa region region at 102 years old.
Silky tannins with rich dark red berry fruits, notes of liquorice and pepper spice fill the palate with incredible power and presence. Decanting for 2 – 4 hours is recommended.
2) Mountadam Vineyards 2013 Patriarch Shiraz
Patriarch Shiraz honours founder - David Wynn, remembered as one of the greatest contributors to the Australian wine industry.
Perched at an altitude of 500m on a unique east facing aspect, the Patriarch Shiraz wine showcases dark berry fruits, with notes of dark chocolate white pepper and nuances of quality French oak. Decanting for 2 – 4 hours is recommended.
3) Gatt Wine 2010 High Eden Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon. Hand-picked in the beautiful High Eden region of the Barossa, also known as Eden Valley. Cabernet grapes are well-known in this region for slow ripening due to the cooler evening temperatures with the rewards of patience delivering strong colours and elegant deep fruit flavours.
This Cabernet is a showpiece from the vintage of 2010, along with quality wine making and bottle age. Decanting for 2 – 4 hours is recommended.
4) Poonawatta 2015 The Cuttings Shiraz
With Shiraz vine cuttings taken from one of the oldest vineyards in the region (Poonawatta 1880 Shiraz), ‘The Cuttings’ has been long recognized as a stand out amongst Eden Valley wines.
The wine brings concentrated blue and black fruits through the aromas from the glass with a palate of pepper berries and spice. New French oak has matured this wine which is obvious but a delight on the senses. Decanting for 2 – 4 hours is recommended.
5) Riley’s of Eden Valley 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
An exceptional valued Cabernet from a single estate situated in central Eden Valley. The nights are cooler and the soil profile is perfect to mature this prized wine variety.
Dark red colour from the glass is obvious but the lifted nose of minerals, coffee beans and rich black berries will keep you wanting more.
This wine is youthful and enjoyable but if you have time to cellaring it will reward. Decanting for 2 – 4 hours is recommended.
6) Stage Door Wine Co. 2016 Full House Cabernet
Leaping into the wine scene in 2014, the Stage Door Wine Co. label is one to look out for. Some of you may have consumed this wine label on Qantas business class or read in print editions such as James Halliday’s.
Exceptional value with fine wine making to match; we know you will love this medium bodied Cabernet and not just for the colour, but the dark notes of berry fruits along with chalky savoury tannins is very enjoyable to say the least!
Vineyard: Cutting edge viticulture teamed with exceptional wine making has delivered a superb Shiraz from the Barossa's beautiful high country - Eden Valley. The vineyard is constantly monitored and managed to deliver premium Shiraz grapes.
Season: The dry weather meant that when the night time temperature dipped allowing late frosts, but thankfully not damaging Eden Valley. December and early January was warm but rain at the end of January and early March were welcomed. Along with milder weather, the Shiraz fruit ripened and delivered an exceptional vintage.
Winemaking: Open fermented, basket pressed and matured in French oak barriques from bespoke coopers.
Appearance: Intense rich brick red
Aroma/Bouquet: The aroma is an astonishing and lifted brace of blackberries, spice and a perfume like touch of blueberries. Pure fruit and spice, that is not in any way overwhelmed by wine making artefact. The wine has a concentration of aromas that come from quality Barossa fruit. The aromas change quickly in the glass and are fascinating to follow but the mouth beckons.
Palate: A seamless soft but structured Shiraz, concentrated blackberries with a mid-palate of dark chocolate and spice. Textured length and spice from the French Oak and a chalk like tannin structure.
Food Pairing: Slow cooked Beef cheeks, hearty Mushroom Risotto, Guinness and Beef pie…
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: 20+ years
Winemaker: Elena Brooks, BSc (Oenology) Adelaide