|Specified Vineyard||Domenico Martino|
|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|
|Age of Vines||113 years|
|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.|
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.