COLOUR: Dark magenta-red with purple hues.
NOSE: Lifted, fragrant aromatics of blackberry, cranberry, black cherry, kirsch and blood plums highlighted with delicate anise, red
liquorice and wildflowers, and underscored by rich dark cocoa and hints of smoky oak.
PALATE: A poised, graceful Shiraz expressing elegant, concentrated fruit backed by restrained French oak. The texture is smooth, soft, supple and inviting, complemented by layers of flavour, balanced acidity, persistent dark berry fruit and a silky veil of tannin.
96 points: James Halliday Wine Companion 2016
93 points: Huon Hooke, Hooked on Wine, August 27 2014
Double Gold Medal: 2016 China Wine & Spirits Awards
Gold Medal: 2015 China Wine & Spirits Awards
Gold Medal: 2014 China Wine & Spirits Awards
Gold Medal: 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Gold Medal: 2014 Royal Queensland Wine Show (Class 37)
Silver Medal: 2017 Wine Luxe International Awards
Silver Medal: 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition
Silver Medal: 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver Medal: 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver Medal: 2017 International Wine Challenge
Silver Medal: 2016 Royal Adelaide Wine Show (Class 32)
Silver Medal: 2016 Decanter Asia Wine Awards
Silver Medal: 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver Medal: 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver Medal: 2015 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
Silver Medal: 2015 Decanter Asia Wine Awards
Silver Medal: 2014 International Wine & Spirit Competition
Silver Medal: 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver Medal: 2014 Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition
In the far south of the Barossa Valley, Lyndoch feature’s the region’s lowest altitude, with the God’s Hill and Lyndoch Valley vineyards from which this wine is sourced, lying on some of the district’s higher peaks at 250 to 300m. Framed by slopes of Barossa Ironstone, the soils show multiple complexities, ranging from red-brown earths to alluvial sediments and fine sands overlying ancient micaceous schists, siltstones, calcitites and quartzites. Lyndoch enjoys the region’s highest rainfall at around 650mm, while the lower elevation results in slightly warmer average temperatures, promoting some of the earliest ripening, with higher levels of humidity contributing to fresh, aromatic flavours. The Lyndoch terroir is known for growing soft perfumed Shiraz with lush fruit and natural elegance.
Good winter rain set the vines up well, which, with a warm, early spring, resulted in healthy vines and an early onset of the growth cycle. Wind during flowering resulted in a slightly poorer set, which, along with a cool summer, reduced bunch and berry size. Mild days and cool nights during ripening allowed for optimal development, resulting in exceptionally well-balanced fruit with bright, rich varietal character, great intensity of flavour and good natural acidity.
Harvested at optimum maturity, fruit from individual blocks was crushed separately and fermented in small open-top fermenters. A mix of plunging and gentle pumping over was used to optimise flavour, colour and tannin extraction, giving the wine rich concentration and depth of fruit while retaining plush, supple tannins. The wines were left on skins until dry to lengthen tannins and enhance palate line and finish.
Matured in 75% seasoned and 25% new French oak barrels for 18
months to enhance complexity.
Estates of the Barossa Lyndoch Shiraz is great with rare beef salad with grilled figs, rocket and blossoms, or roast pheasant with thyme and juniper berries.
This wine will develop with age, softening and mellowing to reward a decade or more of careful cellaring.
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