Western Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2016

Tasting Notes

Deep crimson red with vibrant purple hues. Rich blackberry aromas with integrated spicy vanillin oak. Impressively rich and opulent, the palate delivers what the nose promises. Spicy dark berry fruit is evident with cassis and cherry being dominant. Blackberry and some freshly cut plum provide a round fruit driven mid palate whilst the skilful use of second and third use oak ensure this is a full-flavoured and complex wine with stylish oak tannins.

Winemaking

We hand picked a small section of Grenache from Block 4 rows 7-23, Shiraz from block 5 rows 1-12 and block 8 rows 3-9 to create a style of wine guided by the fruit initially. We wanted a wine driven by fruit yet surrounded in a bed of spicy flavours and tannin and therefore selected these small sections as the fruit produced dark berry flavours with wonderful spice characters which would infiltrate and not be overwhelmed by second and third use oak. The fruit was transferred to the winery and the fruit was combined together to ensure it worked harmoniously through the entire winemaking process; macerated for an extended period with seeds and stems to allow us to give a vision of the vineyard in the final wine. The wine was left in this state for 30 days and hand plunged which ensured we extracted all the colour, aromas and tannin we could. Basket pressed into barrel again allowed us to continue the hands off method and ensure fruit purity was key again, which ensures longevity. The wine was not topped during the 256 days that it spent in barrel then finally it received minimal filtration and fining. This wine illustrates just how beautiful a wine from the warm Wild West can be, or in another word: moreish. This wine will appear beautifully, and is round and lavish if drunk upon release whilst the oak tannins provide a backbone, which will ensure drinking over the next decade will not be a problem.

Varietals Grenach & Blends
Region Barossa Valley
Alcohol 14.5%
Cellaring Drink now or cellar for a decade

Awards

2016 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine - 93 POINTS
2016 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine - GOLD Medal
2016 Vintage CWSA 2018 Best Value - AWARD WINNER
Regular price $80.00 /BOTTLE