The North Barossa Vintners collaboration of Adrian Hoffmann, Nathan Burley and Chris Ringland is most fun when we gather to make our barrel selections to produce our Dimchurch and Hoffmann wines.
The grapes are sourced from old vines, situated at Ebenezer, in the Northern Barossa Valley. Adrian, 5th generation Hoffmann family vigneron, selects individual parcels from his and neighbouring Shiraz vineyards over the growing season. The grapes are gently destemmed, then vinified in small individual batches.
At 24 months in oak, a preliminary barrel tasting is conducted and classification made. This is repeated every 6-9 months until we have both blends finalised and the Dimchurch ready to bottle. The Hoffmann Vineyard usually then spends a further 6-12 months in oak.
At the lower end of production levels at just under 300 dozen for the 2012, we are very happy with how this vintage of Dimchurch is tracking. Still an baby, it will reward patience or require 6-8 hours in a decanter prior to drinking.
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 50 months.
Despite an extraordinarily wet and cool 2011 vintage, the Winter of 2011 and the 2012 growing season saw a dramatic return to dry conditions. Soil moisture reserves were at their highest levels in 7 years. This held the vines in good stead, as the relatively dry and mild Summer unfolded. Old Shiraz vines produced a slightly higher than normal yield, although cropping levels and canopy balance were perfect for the conditions. The outcome was very favourable. The vintage started slower than usual, with fruit being picked at optimum ripeness. The pace quickened as dry conditions persisted. As usual, later maturing fruit showed great colour, flavour depth and intensity.
This vintage is still quite un-evolved and will benefit from at least 5 hours in decanter, or 10 years bottle maturation in the cellar. We have seen this vintage of Dimchurch after three days spent in a decanter and the wine is only starting to show what it’s got.
Appearance: Opaque red-black with crimson rim.
Aroma: A dramatic punch of Cedar vanillin gives way to whiffs of chocolate and red berry compote. Top notes of cinnamon spice and hints of prune complete the experience.
Palate: The structure has a medium to full body underpinned with moderate acidity. The tannins are supple and ripe, with excellent persistence.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown – eRobertParker.com #277 Oct 2016 (94)
All from Adrian Hoffman’s Ebenezer vineyard in Barossa, the 2012 Dimchurch Shiraz has a deep garnet-purple color and reveals a youthful lift on the nose of crushed blueberries and black cherries, plus suggestions of dried Provence herbs, Sichuan pepper, anise, cloves and mocha. There is a pleasantly savory/Bovril character in the big, opulent, full-bodied mouth with a firm, tannic backbone and a wonderfully long, layered finish.
Bottled May 6, 2016
Individually numbered bottles
49mm hand select cork finish
Shipped in three bottle increments