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: Twenty year old Cabernet Sauvignon vines (clones LC10 & LC12) are planted on red clay. The trellis is VSP (vertical shoot positioning) with the grape vines hand pruned via rod and spur method.
Season: Spring began dry and led into a mild, dry summer with minimal disease pressure. Summer was dry, hot and windy with relief of 60-75ml of rain in the later months. The rain was perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards with a mild ripening season that followed from February through to April.
Winemaking: Handpicked and pressed in temperature controlled open fermenters. Basket pressed fruit with skin contact to oak barriques. The wine is matured with 30% new French oak before seasoned French oak barrels.
Appearance: Deep garnet.
Aroma/Bouquet: Vibrant fruit aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry, black plums and cassis with hint of spice, black liquorice, tobacco leaf, Provencal herbs, dark chocolate, subtle French oak, vanillin and perfumed Eden Valley earthy fruit.
Palate: Blackberry, plum, blackcurrant, cassis with notes of spice, tobacco and light herbal notes. Licorice and gentle French oak add to the wines complexity. Full bodied and concentrated structure with fine tannins to support a finish that lingers persistently.
Food Pairing: Red meats and hearty stews, lamb shanks, beef ragout with tagliatelle pasta.
Residual Sugar: NA
Production: 150 cases
Cellar potential: 20+ years
Winemaker: Chris Taylor/Trevor March
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