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Shiraz is where Eldorado Road's heritage lies, and this is their pinnacle release. It comes from an impossibly old, restored vineyard in the Glenrowan district, with the idea being to pay "tribute to the persévérance of these remarkable old vines." Judicious winemaking has further replicated how this wine would have been made back in the vines' youth in the 1890's, with minimal intervention, open fermentation and basket pressing into French oak puncheons (half new) and the addition of a small portion of Trebbiano (Ugni Blanc) that is scattered throughout the Shiraz vines. It's a stunning wine. It is definitely full-bodied but while it oozes power it never once feels hot, heavy or over extracted. It has an easy, natural forcefulness, with flavours that go on and on and on. A whopping 96 points from James Halliday and 95 points from Campbell Mattinson, and with only 111 dozen made, this is just one of those special wines either to enjoy now or tuck away in the cellar. Magic stuff.
What it Tastes Like
"It’s a pearler of a wine. Top notch. Grunty with tannin, alive with acidity, naturally complex and while laden with dark, blackberried, almost leathery fruit, it maintains a keen liveliness. It’s one of those wines where you put it in your mouth and immediately think: hello, now we’re talking. It’s a ripper." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
95 points "Made from vines planted in 1890. It’s almost entirely made with shiraz but given that the vineyard is interplanted with ugni blanc, there is some ugni blanc in the ferment – a wonderful thing. Whole bunch component sits around 15%. Only 111 dozen was made. It’s a pearler of a wine. Top notch. Grunty with tannin, alive with acidity, naturally complex and while laden with dark, blackberried, almost leathery fruit, it maintains a keen liveliness. It’s one of those wines where you put it in your mouth and immediately think: hello, now we’re talking. It’s a ripper." - Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
This wine is a tribute to the persévérance of these remarkable old vines having made the voyage by sea as rootlings from France to Glenrowan back in the late 1800’s. Surviving the ravages of time they valiantly prevail today dry grown and exposed to nature’s elements truly reflecting a unique piece of Australian wine history. A heritage wine made as it would have been in the 1890’s with minimal intervention, open fermentation and basket pressing. Matured in French oak with half new and the balance seasoned.
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
About the Producer
Eldorado Road is one of Northern Victoria’s hidden wine gems. Taking control of an impossibly old Glenrowan vineyard planted to Shiraz, they not only restored that vineyard to life but have planted small parcels of Durif and Nero d’Avola. Their wines combine richness and power with elegance and finesse. High-quality stuff!
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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