2015 1903 Old Vines Shiraz of Domenico Martino

Its an old single vineyard that I have been caring for the past 10 years which is owned by Italian migrant Domenico Martino from Campania since 1966 and prior to him planted in 1903 by one of the early Barossa Valley settlers Bill Hoffmann.

$50.00

Region Barossa Valley
Sub-Region Moppa Hill
Specified Vineyard Domenico Martino
Altitude 310 metres
Vineyard Practices Family traditional responsible farming methods with a diet of composts, native grasses & flora as ground cover, dry grown and natural sprays for diseases.
Soil Hard melding shales of ironstone, hard clay and white sands
Trellis System Single wire
Varietal Shiraz
Age of Vines 113 years
Alc/vol 14.2%
Closure Stelvin
Yield per Vine 2 kg / 1.2 ton per acre
Oak Treatment Aged for 14 months in 10% new and seasoned French oak barrels
Total Production 2,700 bottles
Vintage Average winter rains and good fruit set was a good sign to vintage 2015. The summer months between December and February was mild to hot but did receive a welcoming rain event in January. Temperatures abated late February and March leading into harvest produced a beautifully supple complex & generously flavoured shiraz
Wine Making Hand picked, fermented 40% whole bunch in open top milk vats via natural yeast from the vineyard, basket pressed to barrel and bottled unfined and un filtered.
Taste Expect a wine of purity, freshness and harmony.

Reviews

The Wine Front – Gary Walsh Aug 2016

Spicy and saucy, blackberries and salted beef, slight floral and mint perfume: oak is low, fruit intensity is high. Medium bodied, all blackberry and blackcurrant, crisp acidity, firm dense packed tannin, lashings of spice and saline mineral stuff, grip and juicy boysenberry on a long finish.

It’s kind of bold and understated at once, if that makes any sense.
Fanciers of more savoury expressions of Barossa Shiraz should take a look.

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