Deep crimson. Fresh blackberry, blackcurrant, roasted chestnut, mocha aromas with herb garden notes. Well concentrated with attractive dark berry fruits, fine chocolaty/ gravelly textures and underlying roasted chestnut, espresso, chinotto notes. Finishes chalky/ grippy firm with a lovely inky plume. Ample, sturdy and vigorous with lovely richness and balance. Should develop further but delicious to drink now. 5% Langhorne Creek Malbec. Matured in French oak hogsheads for 15 months. 14.5% alc Drink now-2038
Very good colour: deep and youthful, the bouquet presenting tomato-bush and blue fruit aromas, while the palate is intense and vibrant with cranberry, blueberry flavours. Robust tannins and refreshing but slightly poky acidity. It's varietal, but in a particular Barossa style.
91 points, The Real Review (June 2021)
Barossa ValleyColonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.