2016 the eleventh hour
Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz
Originally this wine came from the sixty-year-old Shiraz vines from Greenock that were about to be uprooted. They were saved in the eleventh hour and we used the fruit to make this extraordinary wine.
Sub Regions: Greenock Western Ridge, Stonewell
Winemaking: Shiraz for The Eleventh Hour is sourced from two vineyards located in the Greenock and Stonewell sub regions of the Barossa. The red clay belt of the Western Ridge running down to Greenock creates an ideal environment to grow shiraz, fruit from this region is juicy, spicy and concentrated. Stonewell’s hard red-brown soils adds another layer of complexity to the fruit. Destemming without crushing, we ferment each parcel in separate batches in open fermenters before 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.
The Wine: The 2016 release shows a deeply concentrated core surrounded by black fruits and typical lifted spices. An amazing deep rich almost impenetrable colour is heightened by a bright magenta hue. Fresh cherry and blackberry notes give way to black fruits, supported by aromas of wild fennel, black pepper, aniseed and hints of clove and nutmeg. The opulent palate is full of black cherry, dark chocolate with typical Barossa plummy fruit sweetness. Natural fruit tannins are fine and focused 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.