2018 Planta Circa Ancestor Vine Shiraz

Barossa Valley, SA

Powerful old vine Shiraz from the Barossa Valley.



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A seamless and spectacular performance of a grape off old vines.

Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)

About The Wine

The Planta Circa wines from Purple Hands celebrate an ancient vineyard in the Lyndoch region planted lated in the 1800s.

These warhorse vines, now well into their second century of grape production, produce small, concentrated bunches of fruit that make excellent, long-lived wines.

The Shiraz from this site is classic Barossa in the best possible sense. It's dark, inky, shows a smattering of the region black pepper character and has an excellent persistent tannin structure. This is a perfect option for premium Barossa Shiraz for the cellar.

About Purple Hands

Purple Hands are an excellent Barossa producer crafting tiny quantities of some very elegant and flavourful full bodied reds.

Holding the reigns are Mark Slade and Craig Stansborough - the latter of which is chief winemaker at well-known Barossa winery, Grant Burge. Craig's own vineyard supplies much of the Purple Hands fruit. A distinguished ancient vineyard planted around the end of the 1800s forms the basis of the Planta Circa label. And the After Five Wine Co. wines showcase other special sites from around the region that they believe have a rare quality of character.

These wines exemplify the classic regional characters of power and presence and will reward patience in the cellar for die-hards of the region.

Craig Stansborough & Mark Slade
Craig Stansborough & Mark Slade
Barossa Valley, SA
Additional Info

From The Producer

Zerk Vineyard, Lyndoch. Circa 1880 PF Zimmerman planted Grenache, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon vines on his family property ‘Woodlands’ situated on the outskirts of Lyndoch. The site is around 250m above sea level with a Southerly aspect. Soil consists of deep sand over clay. The vines are own rooted, clone is unknown. The vines are cane pruned. The mid rows are cultivated to winter active fescue. Minimal irrigation is used in very dry years.

Blend : Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2040
Bottle Size : 750ml

Craig & Mark in the vineyard
Craig & Mark in the vineyard
Barossa Valley, SA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Halliday Wine Companion

"Hand-picked, 10% of fruit was tipped into concrete open fermenter, balance was destemmed, lightly crushed, neutral yeast, 8 days on skins, basket-pressed and into new (33%) and used French oak, mlf, left on lees to mature for 8 months, racked then back into oak for another 9 months. Old vines planted between 1880-90 shine, producing a multifaceted shiraz, that is both humble and complex. Quiet to start, the perfume is almost faint but, yes, there is the sweet scent of violets and roses. Then all is revealed in a seamless and spectacular performance of a grape off old vines: florals, intense black fruits, full array of spices in a soothing synergy with background oak and supple tannin." - Jeni Port (Halliday Wine Companion)


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