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 maximise 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. 30 ml 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: Deep crimson-red
Aroma/Bouquet: Lifted violets with forest floor fruits, notes of dark chocolate with pungent aromas of soy sauce and cured meats.
Palate: Intense layers of dark fruit including satsuma plum and black cherry lie over a mouth filling palate. Kalmatta olive, cured meats are intertwined with an array of concentrated berries leading to a smooth and medium bodied finish.
Food Pairing: Antipasto platters of charred vegetables and cured meats, Wood oven pizza with layers of Barossa's finest mettwurst or Spaghetti marinara.
Residual Sugar: 1.2 g/L
Production: 1502 dozen
Cellar potential: 10+ years
Wine maker: Kym Teusner
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: 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