COLOUR: Deep purple with bright magenta highlights.
NOSE: Pure, dark fruit aromas of blueberry, boysenberry and blackberry, with raw dark chocolate, freshly ground coffee beans, and unobtrusive spicy French oak.
PALATE: An elegant, multidimensional Shiraz of stature and finesse, the palate is beautifully proportioned, with a purity of intense blue and black fruits, definitive line and a silky texture. A backbone of defined tannins provides structural integrity.
Gold Medal: 2017 China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value
Gold Medal: 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show (Class 33)
Silver Medal: 2018 International Wine & Spirits Competition
Silver Medal: 2018 Barossa Wine Show (Class 11)
Silver Medal: 2018 Royal Hobart Wine Show (Class 26)
Silver Medal: 2018 Decanter World Wine Awards
Silver Medal: 2017 National Wine Show of Australia (Class 18)
Silver Medal: 2017 Wine Luxe International Awards
Silver Medal: 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (Class 44)
Silver Medal: 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition
Silver Medal: 2017 Decanter Asia Wine Awards
Silver Medal: 2017 Barossa Wine Show (Class 11)
Silver Medal: 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition (Class 231)
Silver Medal: 2016 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge
Silver Medal: 2016 National Wine Show of Australia (Class 18)
Sourced from four exceptional blocks within a single vineyard site at Dorrien in the central heart of the Barossa Valley. A largely flat area at an altitude of around 260m, with gentle undulations sloping towards the North Para River, Dorrien is geologically stable, predominantly shaped by the flow of the central river over time. The vines are planted in ancient sedimentary soils over 5 million years old, made up of sandy loams over light to medium clays. With a relatively low annual rainfall of around 470mm, low humidity, and optimum sunlight, Dorrien benefits from cooling breezes flowing down- river from the foothills. Together these natural conditions produce elegant, balanced Shiraz, with a purity of fruit and fine, structural tannins.
Good winter and early spring rains set the vines up well, but windy conditions during fruit-set and unseasonal November frosts lowered yields. Warm days and relatively cool nights in late spring and summer, and a cool mid-February with heavy rains delayed harvest and lengthened ripening. Reds are rich and varietal with great colour and structural line.
Harvested at optimum maturity, fruit from each block was crushed separately and fermented in small open fermenters. A mix of gentle plunging and 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 60% seasoned and 40% new French oak barrels for 18 months to enhance complexity.
Estates of the Barossa Dorrien Shiraz is great with seared beef fillet with wild mushrooms, or roast duck with spiced cherries and kipfler potatoes.
This wine will develop with age, softening and mellowing to reward fifteen years or more of careful cellaring.
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