Vineyard: Stage Door Wine Co. vineyard is situated on the estate site of Avon Brae at an altitude of 450m. The vineyard rows are established north to south to maximize quality for best vineyard management. Terrior is resting over fractured rock and sandy loam on a deep clay base..
Season: Temperatures were above average in spring, allowing the vines to get away to a good, healthy start. Summer was generally mild with the exception of a few days of extreme heat after New Year. Thirty millimeters of rain fell in January which helped to refresh the vines. Shiraz and Cabernet ripened at the same time and were harvested around Easter. 2015 was a cracking vintage in pace, yield and above all, quality.
Wine making: NA
Appearance: Dark purple
Aroma/Bouquet: Perfumed blackberries with black pepper and dutch liquorice.
Palate: Mouth-watering black fruit is beautifully balanced across the palate with plums and stewed prunes. Subtle French oak adds a perfumed lift to the delightful earthy finish.
Food Pairing: Red wine venison with field mushrooms and buttered mash, Korean barbecues or American spice rub grilled beef.
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 187 dozen
Cellar potential: 15+ years
Wine maker: Kym Teusner
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: The Avon Brae vineyard produces distinctive Shiraz and Cabernet based wines of impeccable balance, freshness, varietal character and fruit purity.
Season: The 2013 vintage was early following a dry winter, spring and summer in the Eden Valley. Whilst January was a little cooler than average, the summer was generally hot and dry. Thankfully there were only a few heat spikes into the forties. Yields again were low across all varieties apart from the Riesling, which didn’t seem too fazed by the conditions, and yet confirmed that Eden Valley is its natural home.
Winemaking: The 2013 Eden Hall Cabernet Sauvignon comes from selected rows in Block 3 and spent nearly two years in French oak, followed by more than a year in bottle prior to release.
Appearance: Dense crimson
Aroma/Bouquet: Dark soy, couverture chocolate, liquorice & tar nuances.
Palate: Luxurious dark fruits of plum and blackcurrant on the palate. A complex, full-bodied wine; finishing with mouth-filling and brooding tannin.
Food Pairing: Crusted peppercorn beef fillet with pan fried green beans, Roast beef and red wine gravy or orange spiced duck and radicchio salad.
Residual Sugar: 0.46 g/L
Production: 558 dozen
Cellar potential: 15+ years
Winemaker: Kym Teusner
Vineyard: Situated in the northern end of Eden Valley is the family owned and operated vineyard of Garden & Field. The site is spectacular which takes in a landscape of rolling hills with vineyards dotted in the distance. Planted on own roots and established as a non- irrigated site, with a southerly aspect. Elevation of 390m consisting of ancient volcanic soil, red brown earth, ironstone, quartz and schist rock lay over clay & limestone.
Season: A dry start to the vintage growing season with expected cooler evenings and seasonal late frosts. Due to the site elevation and vineyard establishment, little frost settled on the grape vines. A warm start to the summer season ensured a strong and healthy canopy structure. Along with warm weather, rain arrived and was higher than expected throughout January and February. The Shiraz grapes were not affected by this due to no irrigation established on site and allowed the Shiraz grapes to ripen with full colour and flavour intensity.
Wine making: Cabernet Sauvignon and Refosco grapes were handpicked before a gentle basket press on site. Skin contact and hand plunging of the fermenting wine grapes continued for for 4-6 weeks until dry. Traditional handmade and tended, reminiscent of yesteryear before maturing in seasoned French oak for 22 months. When bottled the wine was cellared to rest for a further six months prior to release.
Appearance: Deep crimson brick red with purple hue
Aroma/Bouquet: Aromas of violets, blue & black berries and exotic spices. Leather and cedar nuances intertwine with ripe berries and an earthy nose.
Palate: French oak dances around black and mulberry fruits with hints of leather and cedar notes.The wine offers layers of complexity, with concentrated fruit integrating through fine tannin structure. The palate is medium weight with an elegant finish.
Food Pairing: Osso Bucco, hearty Italian cuisine or any rich intense flavored food. This wine long for a food partner.
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 35 dozen (750ml)
Cellar potential: now - 2040+
Wine maker: Peter Raymond