Jason stumbled on this plot of 400 Shiraz vines planted by Carl August Otto Schiller, dated to around 1881. Earmarked for bulldozing, Jason’s offer to buy the fruit would see these ancient vines remain in the ground.
Too often, winemakers throttle their ‘reserve’ or flagship wine with excessive oak or extraction – not here. The nose throws up pure aromas of turned earth and hay, just hinting to the fruit lurking within. In the mouth, the body is sloshy rather than thick, it oddly dances between intense concentration yet feels nimble. It’s an array of black fruits – berries and plums, with a lick of coffee/mocha and further earthen flavours revealing through a finish of magnificent proportions. Purity of fruit remains paramount throughout, the full flight of concentration that only ancient vines can muster. Barossa Shiraz in all its glory.
“From 400 vines planted in 1881 in the Hallett Valley. Wild fermented; basket pressed; matured in 50% new French oak barrels; unfined and unfiltered. The deep, exotic spice, black and red berry fruits and supple slippery tannins of ancient 1881 vines are confidently backed by high-class dark chocolate and coffee-bean French oak. Fruit and oak duck and swoop long through the finish, neither competing nor integrating, but setting into a comfortable stand-off that only calls for time to settle.” 95 points, Tyson Stelzer, James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2022.
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