The 2019 Barossa Valley vintage is shaping up to be a stand-out, with strong indications of very high quality but with below average yields. The growing season started dry and continued that way. If the frosts in Sept & November, and dry conditions were not enough, the flowering period was windy and unsettled, and a hailstorm on 22 November topped it all off. The summer months of December and January experienced above average temperatures. February, thankfully, was cooler than January, with close to average maximums and below average
minimums This was the saving of many vineyards, the timing perfect for ripening their smaller crops quickly in February and March. By the end of March almost all the Barossa Valley grapes were harvested – one of the earliest on record. Resulting yields are very variable; in most vineyards below average, in many well below. The good news is that flavours and colours (in reds) and overall quality is exceptional.
Destemmed and fermented to dryness. 8 days total on skins. Basket pressed to tank. Upon completion of MLF transferred to barrel for 24 months in French and American Oak hogsheads.
Winemakers-Peter & Jack Scholz
Our Shiraz shows aromatics of berry fruits, a touch of dark chocolate and earth with hints of sweet cedar spice. Soft and velvety on the palate, the dark fruits intensify to reveal great depth of flavour. The wine is generous with neatly framed soft, ripe tannins that lend great length and structure to the wine. ALC 14.5 %