2013 Barossa Shiraz

Estate Family Vineyards

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Barossa Shiraz NV

$25.45 Per Bottle

RRP $34

The fruit for this Shiraz is sourced mainly from the Elderton Vineyard situated on the banks of the North Para River, Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley, South Australia. Elderton was transformed from a vineyard supplying quality fruit to other wineries to a winery in its own right in 1982, and have since won much recognition for all of the wines, especially the Shiraz. Barossa Shiraz is now highly collectable worldwide, and the Elderton is always a benchmark for the region.

There are 12 blocks of Shiraz on the Elderton Estate, some as old as 100 years, which grow in deep alluvial soils over limestone. Combined with a Mediterranean climate and minimal supplemented irrigation, this creates what one can only describe as ‘the perfect Shiraz vineyard’. The grapes are mainly harvested in the cool of the night, at an optimum maturity of about 14 – 15 Baume. This allows a quick delivery to the winery for crushing, before any spoilage can occur.

Winemakers Comments

The fruit was crushed and inoculated with a selected yeast strain. Fermentation took place in concrete open top fermenters at 20 - 28°C for approximately 5 - 7 days, mostly headed down under oak boards. Maturation using the best American and French oak puncheons for 20 months. Will drink well now and cellar tremendously into the medium term.
- Richard Langford

StyleFull bodied, rich; a classic Barossa Shiraz
ColourA rich and vibrant dark purple
AromaBlack forest fruits, chocolate, vanilla
PalatePlum and berries, chocolate and a spice finish
DrinkDrink now to 10+ years from vintage
Clone1654, BVRC12 or BVRC30
Vine Agedating back to around 1949
SoilAlluvial over limestone, sandier towards the East
Maturation20 months in American and French oak puncheons

95 points - Nick's Wine Merchants Newsletter #729, June 2015

The nose is quite expressive with lifted scents of liquorice and dark plum followed by dark chocolate, vanillin oak and subtle spice. Medium to full bodied with ample richness and a softly textured supple mouthfeel that has flavours of ripe dark plums and liquorice gliding across the palate over a background of subtle dark chocolate and toasty vanillin oak finishing quite spicy. Velvet smooth tannins. Long spicy dark plum, liquorice, subtle dark chocolate and vanillin oak aftertaste.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate #219, June 2015

Big and ripe, full-bodied palate offers a rich, classically styled Shiraz with velvety tannins to frame the long and spicy finish.

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