2014 Benjamin Shiraz
Shiraz is unique to the Barossa Valley, and for over 150 years, many patches of old vine Shiraz are dotted throughout the region. These ‘old chaps’ are dry grown, never went to war and still produce wines that show concentrated fruit flavours all wrapped up with puckering tannins. These vines provide the grapes which are hand crafted into richly flavoured wines that express the terrior of our district.
The vintage was preceded by a very dry and warm summer, resulting in early harvest of the fruit and panic in the winery to ferment red in every available container. This all went well in the end and our Shiraz was safely tucked away in barrels before many other grapes were harvested.
The Benjamin has a dense inky colour with a reddish hue that tells you the wine is still fruit driven after 4 years. Aromas of peppercorn, anise, mulberry and stewed plum are evident with a touch of vanillin oak derived from the seasoned oak barrels.
The palate is rich and spicy with soft integrated oak balancing out the ‘fruit bomb’ of grapey flavours. A refined and elegant style that lingers on and finishes with soft lingering tannins.
Ideal to enjoy with a beef fillet topped with a black bean sauce or even a snapper baked in the weber.
“A Schulk and a Schnitter”goes hand in hand with “Schulz and Shiraz’ in section 51/54 of 100 Belvidere road (Grange Boulevard).
Varietal : 100% Shiraz
pH : 3.71
TA : 6.65 g/1
Alcohol : 14.2% Alc/Vol