2015 the eleventh hour

Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz

Background: The sixty year old Shiraz vines from Greenock that produced the original wine were ready to be uprooted due to the lack of yields and the reluctance of other companies to pay a premium for this excellent fruit. After repeated requests for access to these grapes, at 'the eleventh hour' our growers decided to stop the bulldozer and retain a small area of these vines.

Winemaking: The eleventh hour Shiraz is sourced from two vineyards located in the Greenock and Stonewell sub regions of the Barossa. Destemming without crushing, we ferment each parcel naturally and in separate batches in open fomenters followed by basket pressing. Aged in seasoned French oak barrels for 15 months, the wine was moved to tank in individual components for several months before blending and bottling without fining or filtration in July 2016.

The Wine: Following the rich and fruity 2014 vintage, the 2015 shows refined, svelte and subtle qualities. An amazing deep rich almost impenetrable colour is heightened by a  bright magenta hue. Fresh cherry and blackberry notes give way to blue fruits, supported by aromas of wild fennel, black pepper, aniseed and hints of clove and nutmeg. The opulent palate is full of blueberries, dark chocolate with typical Barossa plummy fruit sweetness. Natural fruit tannins are fine and focussed with the fresh acidity ensures gives verve and direction, without sacrificing the all important skeleton of structure required to reward drinkers for many years to come.

Cellaring: Up to ten years.

2015 the eleventh hour - 90 points - Old vine shiraz out of the Barossa.
Sweet and ripe. This is luscious red wine drinking. Tar, honey, baked plums and dried herbs. It loads up the palate with flavour, all sweet and loose and delicious.
— Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au
2014 the eleventh hour: 94 points - Bright colour; has the best of both worlds, with the lush black fruits of Barossa shiraz while retaining freshness and poise. Makes its point quietly, not with a sledge hammer.
— James Halliday, Wine Companion
2014 the eleventh hour - 94 points - Shiraz, from a variety of Barossa vineyards. Pure and simple.This pours it on. It feels modern but it also feels intense. If you want to sink your teeth into top shelf Barossa shiraz, in a modern context; check out this wine. Dense plum, tar, cedarwood, cloves, graphite. It strikes the chord and holds it. The flavours hum. if you enjoy Barossa shiraz, you’re as good as guaranteed to respond well to this.
— Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront