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
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
We’ve noted the best valued red wines over the season and have grouped together a six pack selection, offering great value without compromising quality.
Enjoy a delicious selection of Barossa reds grown in premium single vineyards throughout the Eden Valley region.
Vineyard: Shiraz is grown on the Riley's estate located approximately central in the Eden Valley wine region. The soil profile is predominately sandy loam over clay, which allows for good drainage and water retention throughout the drier months. The vineyard is ideal for Shiraz grapes, with cool evening temperatures developing into warm to hot days at an altitude of 440m. Minimal irrigation is required with most years stated as a 'Dry Grown' vineyard.
Season: The 2015 vintage will be one to remember. The season started well with above average early winter rains that filled the soil profile and dams, however it was dry from then on. Temperatures were above average in spring allowing the vines to get off to a strong growing season. Summer was generally mild with the exception of a few days of extreme relieved by thirty millimeters of rain in January.
Wine making: The grapes were machine harvested in the cool of the evening. The juice was gently pressed in a traditional basket press before skin contact and naturally increased ferment temperatures assisted wine making to maintain colour. Within weeks, the processed wine was transferred to seasoned French oak barriques to mature for a further 18 months.
Appearance: Medium to deep purple
Aroma/Bouquet: Alluring dark red fruits, black pepper and spice aromas with a hint of vanilla oak
Palate: A medium to full bodied wine with typical Eden Valley elegance. Spicy undertones lingering throughout the palate with concentrated sweet black currant, red liquorice, stewed rhubarb and dark blue fruits. Overall, the Shiraz wine is powered with sweet ripe fruit and finishes with tight tannin and exceptional balance.
Food Pairing: A selection of sharp cheddar and strong blue cheese, slow cooked lamb shanks and red wine jus, Osso Bucco or smoky spiced sausages with butter beans.
Residual Sugar: NA
Cellar potential: 15+ years
Wine consultant: Joanne Irvine