My Barossa Shiraz style is foremost an expression of sweet dark berry fruit, set amongst a framework of mocha, spice and subtle vanilla, derived from maturation in oak for 12-18 months.
There is something exceptional about the 2013 vintage. These are Barossa Shiraz’ for the long-haul. Chris RIngland CR Barossa is approachable now, but is evolving and maturing more slowly than previous vintages. At this stage, decanting is mandatory.
For the Barossa, Winter of 2012 and the build up to vintage 2013 saw a return to the normal conditions, after the exceptionally mild and wet 2011 season.
Ample subsoil moisture helped to sustain the vineyards during a relatively dry Spring, resulting in moderate vine vigour and average bunch numbers. Ripening conditions during the Summer-Autumn of 2013 were near perfect for Shiraz. Occasional rainfall events kept the vines refreshed. The grapes were healthy and sweet, with rich, ripe tannins. It was a relatively early vintage.
Appearance: Deep red-black. Scarlet rim
Aroma: Initial notes of liquorice and red fruits (black plums and cherries) Underlay of subtle sweet vanilla.
Palate: The initial impression is medium to full bodied. Classic Barossa Shiraz red berry flavours dominate, against a backdrop of integrated oak vanillin. The palate finishes with medium length, supported by rich, solid tannins and gentle acidity.
2013 is an exceptional vintage for North Western Barossa Shiraz. The vintage was relatively early, so Shiraz fruit flavours had developed while the natural acidity had been retained. The tannins were unusually strong, so great care was taken during fermentation on skins to curtail over extraction.
The combination of these factors have created a wine, which will mature for up to ten years after bottling.