"A very good friend of mine challenged me to produce a traditional, full-bodied Barossa Valley wine with the only criteria that it could be drunk young at lunch or dinner and did not stray from my fundamental wine making philosophies. French oak, fine grained tannins, balance, clear fruit expression! Those who know me well know that I just love a good challenge!”
Vinification: Combination whole bunch and crushed/on skins minimum two weeks/remontage and punchdown Aging: 16 months seasoned French oak barriques
Vineyard: Steingarten Road vineyard
Planting system: trellised, canopy wires, north-south rows, north-facing slopes ideal in the Southern Hemisphere
Vine density: 3,000 per Ha
Farming: minimum drip irrigation, rye grass between rows, hand pruned
Harvest: Bush vine by hand and trellised by machine; 6th March to 14th April
The 2014 vintage provided perfect conditions for shiraz in the Barossa Valley. All from terra rossa soils, millions of years of oxidized iron-red soils over limestone, this wine is classically Ned & Henry’s and one of our best vintages.
This is a red drinkers red at all levels, generous, full bodied, rich red and black fruits, fabulous tannins and will reward both immediate drinking and medium term cellaring.
Score: 95 PointsHalliday Wine Companion Author: James Halliday
Cracking quality. Draws you in. Red and black berries, aniseed, wood spice, fresh leather. Delights as it dances along your tongue. Plentiful but then smoky and controlled through the finish. Compelling value.
Score: 87 PointsWine Spectator Author: MaryAnn Worobiec
Starts out smooth, offering a peppery, savory expression of dried berry flavors and floral notes, with tealike tannins that firm up on the finish. Drink now through 2026.
Score: 91 PointsVinous Author: Josh Raynolds
Vivid ruby. Spicy cherry, black raspberry and violet on the intensely perfumed nose. Round and fleshy but lively as well, with flavors of dark berries, allspice and white pepper spreading out nicely on the back half. Blends power and vivacity smoothly and finishes sweet and long, with smooth tannins folding quickly into the wine's juicy dark fruit.
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