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. As always, the 2010 Hoffmann Vineyard Shiraz is the result of a rigorous barrel section process, filling only 1750 numbered bottles, 100 magnums and 12 double magnums.
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 – 17.0% 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 56 months.
The Winter of 2009 and the build up to the 2010 vintage was drier than normal. Late Spring rains rescued the situation somewhat, enabling good canopy development with Shiraz, but cool conditions extended the flowering period. Yields were slightly below average. The Summer and Autumn of 2010 was even and mild. Ebenezer Shiraz attained full ripeness relatively early, with solid, ripe tannins and excellent acid retention at modest sugar levels. Adrian began harvesting the fruit on March 9th with the last parcel being delivered April 10th.
Ripe, rich 2010 Barossa Shiraz is wine for the long haul. Big, soft tannins and firm, natural acidity will see to that. It may take 25 to 40 years for the wine to reach full maturity. In the shorter term, the 2010 Hoffmann Vineyard Shiraz will benefit from at least 5 hours in the decanter after opening.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown – eRobertParker.com #227 Oct 2016 (99+)
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Hoffman Vineyard Shiraz possesses an extraordinary nose of cassis, crushed blackberries, earth, Bovril and yeast extract with licorice, spice box and dried herbs hints. Full-bodied, rich and densely packed, with a lovely backbone of ripe tannins and great freshness, the long finish here is just incredible. A true “wow” wine, this complex beauty certainly has the potential to hit “perfection” with a little more time in bottle.
12 Double Magnums
Individually numbered bottles
49mm hand select cork finish
Shipped as a single bottle