2007 Chris Ringland Hoffmann Vineyard Shiraz

 

Flagship of the North Barossa Vintners Collaboration, Hoffmann Vineyard Shiraz encompasses Chris's signature Shiraz style from the Barossa Valley. Aged for over five years in new French oak, with deep brooding fruit and powerful palate weight Hoffmann Vineyard Shiraz is a barrel selection blended to age gracefully for 20-30 years.

Technical Details

Description

The collaboration that is North Barossa Vintners seeks to re-define the relationship between grape grower and winemaker. Traditionally, in a scenario where grower and winemaker are not one in the same, the winemaker communicates with the grower to determine the harvest parameters required for the style of wine. But we are fortunate to be able to combine our winemaking skills with generations of Hoffmann family grape growing knowledge, in determining the sectors of the vineyards to be employed to create a unique insight into the regional and seasonal expression of any given year.

Adrian and I strive to make a powerful and rich expression of Shiraz while retaining the soft, luxurious tannin structure achieved by extended barrel maturation. A true iron fist within a velvet glove. The 2007 Hoffmann Vineyard Shiraz is the result of a rigorous barrel section process, filling only 2200 numbered bottles.

 

Region of fruit Source – Barossa
Sub-region – Ebenezer
Specific Vineyard by Name – Dimchurch
Soil – Red/Brown earth over limestone
Trellis System – Single wire at 1 metre
Viticulture – Minimal sprays of sulphur
Varietal Blend – 100% Shiraz
Winemaker – Chris Ringland
Alc/vol – 16.2% alc
Age of Vines – 30-110 years
Yield – 1 tonne per acre
Vinification – De-Stemmed and vinified in an open top fermenter. Basket pressed and allowed to complete alcoholic fermentation in new oak.
Wood Treatment – 100% New French hogsheads for 62 months.

The Spring of 2006 provided a very dry build up to the 2007 vintage growing season, with numerous frost events resulting in a significantly reduced crop. The Summer was hot. Some light rainfall in late March helped to keep the vineyards refreshed. These factors conspired to produce an early vintage. Adrian harvested the various parcels for Hoffmann Vineyard Shiraz between March 9 and March 23 achieving superb ripeness and balance. The wines were matured in new French Oak for an astonishing 62 Months, prior to bottling in June, 2012.

The lower than normal yields have created a wine with extraordinary power and concentration, contrasted with an unexpected perfume and delicacy. This wine will easily attain maturity over the next 15 to 20 years and age gracefully for a further 10-20 years. In the mean time, I consider at least a few hours in the decanter mandatory to maximise the full potential. I am enjoying this wine two and three days after opening and decanting.

Appearance: Opaque Scarlet red-black. Brick red rim.

Aroma: Initial impressions of milk chocolate, asian spices and white pepper, underpinned by smoky cedar vanillin.
As the wine opens up these characters are supplemented by mineral, black olive, plum sauce and mint.

Palate: Disarmingly gentle and structured. Generous helpings of dark, red berry fruit, with hints of liquorice, tar and more chocolate.
Very soft tannins on the mid-palate are balanced by the natural acidity, evident from a mild vintage, which carry the flavours through to a long, satisfying finish.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown – eRobertParker.com #211 Feb 2014 (97+)

Deep garnet colored with lingering hints of purple, the 2007 Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz reveals a lovely aromatic core of warm blueberries and plums with hints of dark chocolate-covered cherries, Christmas pudding and coffee. Full-bodied, rich and vibrant in the mouth, the mocha and baking spices flavors are married nicely to medium levels of velvety tannins plus enlivening and balanced acid through the long finish. Decadent. Drink it now to 2024+

Harvey Steiman – Wine Spectator August 2015 (95)

2200 Bottles
100 Magnums
6 Double Magnums
Individually numbered bottles
49mm hand select cork finish
Shipped as a single bottle

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