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.

2016 the eleventh hour - 93+ points
Shiraz from Greenock and Stonewell in the Barossa Valley. Open fermented, basket pressed, no new oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered. Old school Barossa, in a new school way.
Barossa shiraz is such a pleasurable beast when it’s allowed to run free. This is the famous fruit in all its deep, dark, blackberried glory. It’s fresh but intense, simple in a straight-shooting way, intricately tannic and lengthy. I’d reckon they’ve nailed it. It’s sturdy but pretty; it drinks ever-so-well.
— Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au
2015 the eleventh hour - 95 points
Destemmed, open-fermented with wild yeast, basket-pressed, matured in used French oak. A very rich and complex full-bodied shiraz, opening with an expressive spice and liquorice bouquet, the palate with a savoury edge within the folds of its black fruits. It has an X-factor of freshness that justifies its points.
2015 the eleventh hour - 93 points
Lovely freshness with plummy fruit and an overlay of chocolate and jersey caramel. The flavour concentration is glorious: juicy mulberries, Satsuma plums and a little liquorice. The palate is open natured and soft, with integrated papery tannin plus wonderful vibrancy and energy. An excellent example of contemporary Barossa shiraz.
— Toni Patterson, therealreview.com
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