2016 Fifteen Shiraz
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A single vineyard expression of Shiraz from a vineyard that turned 100 years old in 2015, located on the western ridge of the famous Barossa Valley. Originally planted by the Helbig family in 1915, the vineyard became a very sought after parcel for the Barossa’s leading winemakers. Luckily for the Ashmead family, we were able to acquire this vineyard in late 2010, forever ending the race to get this amazing fruit.
Only 2544 bottles produced, with each bottle individually number and signed by Cameron and Allister Ashmead.
Also available in a boxed 3-pack.
|Vine Age||100 years old in 2015|
|Soil||sandy loam soil|
|Region||Greenock, Barossa Valley|
|Maturation||Fermented in a large barrel (around 1500 litres) and left on skins in this closed vessel for about six weeks. The wine was then pressed and spent a couple of winters in some of our favourite French oak.|
Top 100 Wines of Australia 2019 - JamesSuckling.com
A parcel of more than 100-year-old vines that has a very deep array of dark-berry and plum aromas, as well as earthy and dark stony notes. The intensity of fruit is so compelling on the palate with effortlessly powerful, silky and long tannins that hold the finish deep. Impressive, old-vine shiraz. hand (15%) and the oak has blended into the fabric of the fruit. With hints of grilled meat, dark fruit and mocha notes on the long finish, this wine should age effortlessly for up to two decades.
97 points - The Wine Advocate, 12 June 2019, Joe Czerwinski
The top Shiraz in the lineup is the 2016 Fifteen Shiraz, a hefty mouthful of licorice and mint-scented Shiraz. From vines planted in 1915, it's full-bodied, intensely structured and almost painful in intensity, yet the tannins are ripe, the alcohol levels are not out of hand (15%) and the oak has blended into the fabric of the fruit. With hints of grilled meat, dark fruit and mocha notes on the long finish, this wine should age effortlessly for up to two decades.
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